I did some research on activists and social workers before writing this article. I discovered that there is a fine line between an activist and a social worker. The precise meaning is as follows: “An activist is a person who campaigns to bring about political or social change. Activists call for change. Social workers are professionals who aim to improve general well-being and meet the basic and complex needs of communities and individuals.
Activists versus social workers
During the pandemic in Manipur, many “social workers” came to help people. They were indeed helpful to us. On that note, I think we have to accept the argument that all social work is somehow political. A social worker is someone whose job is to help people who have serious family or financial problems, according to the Collins English Dictionary. This one is very simple and straightforward.
Spending money to help alleviate people’s difficulties during difficult times does not make someone a social worker. If so, it may have a negative connotation. We need more research on social workers if we want to describe them. But we know that helping others is always good.
The Manipur situation has created a number of activists because the state is plagued by years of militancy, violent protests, bandhs and human rights abuses. Human rights activism is still popular in insurgency-stricken Manipur. We have many advocacy organizations. However, we know that all over the world, human rights activists are facing increased repression.
Gross human rights violations, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings in Manipur were closely linked to counter-insurgency operations carried out by the security forces. The phenomenon has faded today. Manipur is showing signs of healing. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has pledged to end the violence in the state. According to the government, violence in Manipur has been the lowest in five years and this insurgency has diminished considerably.
In April this year, the Center announced the withdrawal of AFSPA from different areas under 15 police stations in Manipur valley districts. Following the development, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh acknowledged the contributions of Sharmila Chanu, civil society organizations and women and student organizations who protested against the controversial law.
Manipur has a number of great female activists struggling to create change. Activists continue to fight for peace and justice. As a result of the armed conflict in Manipur, many women and girls lost their partners and husbands.
Irom Chanu Sharmila, also known as the “Iron Lady of Manipur”, is a great peace activist. She is a civil rights activist, a political activist and also a poet. Sharmila at 28 started a fast to death in protest. His demand was to repeal the draconian Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, AFSPA of Manipur.
Sharmila’s hunger strike lasted 16 long years. The anti-AFSPA activist realized the ineffectiveness of her protest and ended her fast on August 9, 2016. In an interview with YourStory, Sharmila explained the reason why she ended her movement: “I saw AFSPA as a human rights issue, but here it is a political issue. If the CM has the power to repeal the AFSPA, I will become the CM.
Here is another quote from Sharmila: “I believe in change to bring about change. So I hope people will understand and cooperate, as I have already reached out for a common movement. Gradually, Irom Sharmila married his longtime partner Desmond Coutinha in Kodaikonal, Tamil Nadu.
Renu Takhellambam is another well-known social activist from Manipur. She is known for her defense of human rights. She is a woman of decent manners and character. She is the President of the Association of Families of Victims of Extrajudicial Executions Manipur (EEVFAM). I once visited his house. The visit I made about two years ago was for media purposes. I cannot forget his hospitality and warmth. She knows how to build a friendship with the media. In the journey of life, we meet many people, but the best friend is one of those people who was able to have a positive impact on someone’s life.
Renu Takhellambam delivers a speech during the 40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on March 18, 2019 in Geneva. She spoke on behalf of the NGO PRAHAR during the general debate under item 8. She urged the Council “to urge the government of India to promptly grant prosecution sanctions and repeal the laws on impunity and discriminatory policies in order to deliver the long-awaited justice”.
Based on EEVFAM’s submissions, a wide range of alleged fake dating cases are before the Supreme Court. Some of them come from outstanding and exceptional incidents, such as the 12 people (including five minors) who were killed in shootings in 2001 by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
Renu lost her husband in 2007. Mung Hangzo was shot dead by Manipur police during an alleged fake encounter in Imphal. Hangzo’s killing is among 1,528 cases of extrajudicial executions that allegedly took place in Manipur between 1979 and 2012 under AFSPA, according to Renu. Unfortunately, EEVFAM has yet to get justice. He says he is intimidated by “delayed” justice. EEVFAM is still waiting for justice.
One of the most recognized legal symbols is that of justice. The idea of a woman representing justice dates back to ancient Greek and Roman images of Themis and Justitia. Themis, the Greek goddess of justice and law, was known for her clairvoyance. In Roman mythology, Justitia (Justice) was one of the four virtues. Justitia was often depicted blindfolded, holding scales and a sword. She was sometimes depicted holding the Fasces (a bundle of rods around an ax symbolizing judicial authority) in one hand and a flame, symbolizing truth, in the other. Many Western societies still portray justice as a blindfolded woman carrying a sword and scales. It symbolizes the just and fair administration of the law, without corruption, greed, prejudice or favour.
Binalakshmi Nepram, a rights activist from Manipur, supports women victims of violence in North East India. Binalakshmi was the founder of the Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network in which she reached out to over 20,000 women who faced decades of armed conflict and ethnic violence. She witnessed the murder of a 27-year-old man in a village in southern Manipur and later it was she who helped his young wife Rebika Akham by buying her a sewing machine to earn a living.
Monika Khangembam from Manipur is also a popular women’s rights activist who has also won international accolades for her work in the area of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). In 2011, she was one of only four people selected in India for the Global Changemakers Summit for her work opposing the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act 1958, which resulted in serious human rights abuses. man in the northeast. More than that, Monika is the founder of Women and Youth for Peace and Development (WYPD), an organization that actively works in the area of women’s empowerment. She is also a member of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.
Angellica Aribam is a political activist from Manipur working on issues of gender, race and democratization of politics. She is the founder of Woman First Foundation, a non-governmental organization working to promote women’s political leadership in India. Angellica also served as the National General Secretary of the National Union of Students of India, the student wing of the Indian National Congress.
Angellica is the first VVEngage Fellow for Women Political Leaders from Vital Voices, an American NGO founded by Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright. In 2017, she was named among Forbes India’s 30 under 30 for her work on politics and politics. She was the first female student from the north eastern region of India to be elected to the executive committee of Delhi University Students’ Union.
I just came across this great article: There’s a hero inside everyone, and we’re not saying that to make you feel good. ‘There’s a hero inside everyone, and we don’t say that to make you feel good.
The best thing I can find is that heroism is doing something where you really take a risk to help someone else, and you don’t expect to benefit from that risk for yourself- same.