By The Prophet of Life
What is more important, ones personal spiritual conscience or a Government Policy? Government policy is meant to benefit the many, personal conscience is product of the philosophy of an individual. Which is more important? At what point and under what circumstances should a person follow thier personal spiritual conscience even when it flies in the face of their government?
One ritual in faith is self denial through fasting. One ritual of faith for those who are trying to changethings politically is going on a hunger strike. Irom Sharmiia hasn’t eaten for 14 years. She began a hunger strike to protest India’s Armed Forces Special Powers Act which suspends some rights in Northeastern India where there are problems with separatist insurgents. The law gives police and military officials powers in search and seizure, allows them to arrest without warrant and even allows them to kill suspected rebels.
In keeping with India’s laws against suicide, she has been kept imprisoned in a government hospital and force fed through a tube. Once a year, for the past 14 years she has been set free to see if she will start eating again. She never does. So back to prison she goes. Sharmila has said that she isn’t fasting to commit suicide only to protest the law until it is repealed. She has never resisted being force fed through a tube.
Is Irom Sharmila someone to be admired or is she just wasting her life? Is her hunger strike heroic or stupid? Please comment and let us know what you think her saga says about individual conscience Vs Government Policies or any other topics you believe her saga addresses.
In True Faith,
The Prophet of Life