Irom Chanu Sharmila

1972 - Today

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Irom Chanu Sharmila (born 14 March 1972), also known as the "Iron Lady of Manipur" or "Mengoubi" ("the fair one") is a civil rights activist, political activist, and poet from the Indian state of Manipur, which is located on the north-eastern side of India. On 5 November 2000, she began a hunger strike in favour of abolishing the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 that applies to the seven states and grants security forces the power to search properties without a warrant, and to arrest people, and to use deadly force if there is "reasonable suspicion" that a person is acting against the state. She ended the fast on 9 August 2016, after 16 long years of fasting. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Irom Chanu Sharmila has received more than 1,146,732 page views. Her biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Irom Chanu Sharmila is the 512th most popular social activist (down from 417th in 2019), the 959th most popular biography from India (down from 699th in 2019) and the 35th most popular Indian Social Activist.

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Among social activists, Irom Chanu Sharmila ranks 512 out of 544Before her are Ahed Tamimi, Nikolay Alexeyev, Sonita Alizadeh, Lamiya Haji Bashar, Enric Duran, and Aliaa Magda Elmahdy. After her are Tarana Burke, Cindy Sheehan, Edvin Kanka Cudic, Ihor Kostenko, Death of Sahar Khodayari, and Nisha Ayub.

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Among people born in 1972, Irom Chanu Sharmila ranks 735Before her are Elvis Stojko, Craig Thomson, Norbert Rózsa, Lucian Marinescu, Amanda Marshall, and Kim Grant. After her are Saul Williams, Paolo Tagliavento, Maria Grozdeva, John Godina, David Belenguer, and Darren Ferguson.

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Among people born in India, Irom Chanu Sharmila ranks 959 out of 1,227Before her are Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (1970), Puneeth Rajkumar (1975), Asin (1985), Shankar Mahadevan (1967), Rahul Bose (1967), and Ram Charan (1985). After her are Tina Desai (1987), Himesh Reshammiya (1973), S. S. Rajamouli (1973), Esha Gupta (1985), Ashish Vidyarthi (1962), and Shobana (1970).


Among social activists born in India, Irom Chanu Sharmila ranks 35Before her are Veerappan (1952), Nirmala Deshpande (1929), Shivakumara Swami (1907), Medha Patkar (1954), Jadav Payeng (1963), and Gauri Lankesh (1962). After her are Sunitha Krishnan (1972) and Laxmi Agarwal (1990).