Launch Of A New Book On Irom Sharmila at Mumbai

Mar 09 2013

Book launch of 'Iron Irom, Two Journeys' by Minnie Vaid at Kitab Khana, Mumbai :: 08 March 2013
Book launch of 'Iron Irom, Two Journeys' by Minnie Vaid at Kitab Khana, Mumbai on 08 March 2013
Pix - Kulajit Maisnam

Bollywood Actor and supporter of Irom Sharmila, Abhay Deol released a new book IRON IROM: TWO JOURNEYS, jointly authored by documentary film maker and writer Minnie Vaid and poet-activist Irom Sharmila, at Kitab Khana in Mumbai, on women's day (March 8).

Abhay promised to continue his support, talking about Irom Sharmila and creating awareness about her among his fraternity.

The author Minnie Vaid emphasized that respect and admiration for Sharmila has to go hand in hand with support for her cause to repeal AFSPA. she also asked more people to join in Sharmila's struggle so that the anti-AFSPA movement can be more broad-based and known to the public at large.

The book (providing a back-ground for Sharmila's 1,000 word poem BIRTH), is a personal, first-hand introduction of life in Manipur, the intricacies of AFSPA and related violations, and contains interviews with various people close to Sharmila including her family, and ends with a brief interview of Sharmila at the Magistrate's court in Imphal.

Book launch of 'Iron Irom, Two Journeys' by Minnie Vaid at Kitab Khana, Mumbai :: 08 March 2013
Book launch of 'Iron Irom, Two Journeys' by Minnie Vaid at Kitab Khana, Mumbai on 08 March 2013
Pix - Kulajit Maisnam

In the hour-long book reading and discussion that followed the release of the book, writers and journalists like Jerry Pinto, Kalpana Sharma and Dilnaz Boga talked of the need to keep Sharmila alive in public consciousness, in the media, in the minds and hearts of people.

Jerry Pinto movingly urged people to put themselves in the shoes of the ordinary Manipuri, who gets mocked, frisked, threatened, beaten-up, tortured, molested, raped even killed in the name of AFSPA... Kalpana Sharma asked people to step out of their comfort zones & go down to Manipur to see what it is like to live that life. She also requested Abhay Deol to visit Manipur.

Designer Nitesh Mohanty also organized an art exhibition of Post-cards for Irom, an initiative whereby artists across the country sent in contributions exhibiting Sharmila's 12 year struggle and AFSPA related atrocities. a bunch of 25 evocative postcards was presented to the author to be given to Sharmila in Imphal.

The event was covered by mainstream print and electronic media, suggesting that Irom Sharmila is not likely to be forgotten soon.

See a full photo gallery on this event here

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