The Iron Lady

She was born in the Seven Sister States,

Which witnessed insurgency since decades.

An activist and someone who heralded the urgency of

Human rights,

She protested when the “Malom massacre” brought forth

Fellow men’s plight.


Treading the footsteps of the Mahatma, to hunger strike she resorted

A tube inserted through her, her spirits could not be thwarted

Sixteen years transpired but she carried on undeterred,

Her ideals of Peace and Democracy were all that mattered.


Felicitated with an array of awards she was declared a ‘prisoner of conscience’,

Also christened “The Iron Lady” she rose to prominence.

The support of people came from far and wide,

It steered her through, and she took things in her stride.


On August the ninth , sixteen years after she took the vow,

She declared her will to break the fasting row,

She wished to live, she wished for matrimonial bliss,

But her own people made her feel that something was amiss.


She longed for love, she longed for a life less ordinary,

She, who was a paragon of steadfastness and love.

But the world had arrows in its trove

Unwavered by the world’s indifference, she held her ground

No wonder she was called ,

Irom Sharmila- The Iron Lady !







About Meha Sharma

Dreamer,Writer,Mother,Fauji wife...all while striving to overcome something called 'Procrastination' :) I dabble in writing and write for @huffpostindia, @womensweb , @mycity4kids. I worked as a Business Analyst in an elite IT firm and as a professor in management colleges. Having earned an MBA degree in Human Resource Management and an MA degree in English Literature, I now pass on my wisdom to management students. To keep my sanity while striving to be a 'decent' mom to my ever inquisitive daughter, I tell myself, what Winnie the Pooh says,"My favourite day is today" :)
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