Chandigarh: “Now my fight is no more of ‘I’, it has become ‘We’, so one thing is sure that I will be contesting the elections,” shared Irom Chanu Sharmila while replying to questions on her plans. When asked if she was planning to join any party or seeking support from some other political organisation, she said, “I do not want to attach myself to any party. Based on our soil, interest, shortcomings and the regional mindset, we need to form a new party inclusive of all different sections of the society. I will contest as a new party contender. I am yet to decide the name of my party as it will be a collective effort.”
Meanwhile, commenting on her recent visit to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, she said, “It was a family meeting, nothing related to politics. I am staying here in Delhi; it is only a mile away from to his resident. I consider him a politician in the true sense”.
Replying to a question if she wants Kejriwal to campaign for her, she said, “Yes, definitely I want moral support from him and his followers too. He is an inspiration how with his dedication he is doing good for the society and raising the convincing issues which made him register a remarkable victory in Delhi defeating the most powerful party, showing the real power of a common man.”
‘’For me, others advice is also important but with my conscience, I want to go with this struggle, not with others’ influence,’’ she said.
When asked why she had chosen Arvind Kejriwal over other political leaders, she said, “Only because of his ability and determination to bring about revolution in the political scenario, which is not limited to corruption and conflicts, but related to bringing in the positive changes for the society.
We are fighting ‘ego wars’: Sharmila on terror attacks
Responding to a question on ongoing terror attacks including Uri attack and tussle over Kashmir issue, she said, “It is just a subsequent effect when any violence triggers sufferers’ sentiments, it will automatically result into unwanted happenings. This problem between India and Pakista can be solved by sensing others’ sentiments and what we are feeling for the other country Giving up our high ego without any sense of being defensive and living with human sensibility is the only way to live a peaceful life. Interference and intervention from the political fronts from both the countries have affected people so badly that they have become unsentimental about self-reflection forgetting mutual respect . Now we are just fighting the ‘ego’ wars leading to cause suffering to many innocent people from Pakistan and India.
Don’t go on fast, find other routes
“Don’t go for fasting, adopt other routes, try to win the hearts by offering kindness, selflessness, positivity. These are key tools to fight against violence, conflicts and negativity spread in the world,” shared Irom Sharmila.
Sharing what she had experienced during the last 16 years, when she was fasting, she said, “After ending my 16 years’ fast, now I think that over those years, I must have been blessed with special power and blessing by the almighty who gave me strength to fight for my rights. Now I really feel proud when I hear people saying that they are encouraged by me,” shared Irom Sharmila.
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