Irom Chanu Sharmila, better known as the Iron Lady of Manipur for her legendary 16-year-long hunger strike against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFPSA), in an attempt to help the conflict affected people in Kashmir is engaging in social work in the border areas of Kashmir.
Sharmila along with Sanjay Nahar, founder of ‘Sarhad’ met Kashmir’s Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti this week in Srinagar. Sarhad, a social organisation working for the communities living in border areas, has initiated a new forum, AAASSH – meaning hope, which will provide a platform to market products produced by women artisans from conflict-prone zones.
Irom Sharmila, who happens to be the brand ambassador of AAASSH has been touring different parts of Kashmir for the last few days, understanding the plight of Kashmiri women and children. She also met the Chairperson of the Women Commission, Kashmir and interacted with girls, students and ladies.
During her visits, Sharmila was asked a number of questions regarding the people and culture of Manipur and the Northeast. ‘A bonding and a feeling of sisterhood is going to be established between the people of Kashmir and people of the Northeast, thereby bringing together people of the two regions,’ said Sanjay Nahar.