Love In the Times of AFSPA: Irom Sharmila’s Overlooked Humanity

Anubha Bhonsle’s recent book is an exploration of a riven Manipur, and the overlooked humanity of its enduring icon.

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What are heroes made of?

The canvas of their existence must obviously be larger than life. Their eyes should shine with steely resolve, the mouth set into lines of firmness. A noble brow must be the facade behind which lie bulletproof convictions. They should be half phantom, half legend – untouchable.

Heroes don’t hurt. Or fall in love.

Except, what if they do?

Journalist Anubha Bhonsle’s book Mother, Where’s My Country: Looking for Light in the Darkness of Manipur is the tale of one such hero. In a chat with The Quint, Bhonsle opens up about her long-term association with the ‘Iron Lady of Manipur’ and her fifteen-year-long hunger strike, and we find out that true heroism is all-too-human.

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