India's forgotten fast

A painful nasal drip administered by Indian armed forces in prison hospital keeps Irom Sharmila alive.

Since November 2000, the 39-year-old woman has been on hunger strike over special powers given to the armed forces across India's northeastern conflict zones. In sharp contrast to the coverage of anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare's 13-day fast, few Indians know about her 11-year protest.

- Sudha Ramachandran (Sep 7, '11)

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