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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Kovilan Smaraka Activist India National Award 2012 to Irom Sharmila

Kovilan Smaraka Activist India National Award presented by the Kovilan Trust, Kerala to Manipur’s ‘Iron Lady’ Irom Chanu Sharmila along with a cash prize of 50,000, and citation at Press Club, Kolkata on October 27 2012 .Having shunned food and water for the last twelve years, Manipur's 'Iron Lady' Irom Chanu Sharmila has decided not to accept any award till the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act is withdrawn.
When social activist and litterateur Mahasweta Devi presented an award by a group of Kerala writers under the forum of Kovilan Trust, Irom Singhajit, who represented his sister Sharmila, politely returned it. 
"Sharmila has expressed the desire not to receive any award from any individual or organisation until and unless her demand of repealing AFSPA is fulfilled," Singhajit told.
He asked members of the Kovilan Trust to keep the award which included a memento and a cheque of Rs 50,000 in safe custody. 
"After Sharmila comes out winning, she will collect it herself," said the brother of the civil rights activist. 


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