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Chief minister releases MRFD book ‘Northeast India: A Reader’ amidst controversies

IMPHAL | Oct 18

Indicating a clear difference of interests in the Manipur Research Forum Delhi, despite appeals by a group of scholars belonging to the forum to shun the chief minister’s office to show solidarity to the beleaguered Manipur University, another section of the MRF went ahead and had the book ‘Northeast India: A Reader’ of Manipur Research Forum (MRF) released by the Chief Minister, N. Biren Singh today at the chief minister’s secretariat.

Present at the function were veteran intellectual, Arambam Lokendra among others.

In his speech, the chief minister said academicians and intellectuals have been taking a major role to bring a better and organised society.

The chief minister made the statement during the book releasing ceremony held today at its Durbar hall of CM’s secretariat.

He said scholars and intellectuals should involve in politics in order to bring good ideas and thoughts for better governance. They should not remain silent though they have the idea of the present scenario of the issues of the state. The good ideas and thoughts might help while bringing co-operation among ethnic groups of Manipur, he added.

Replying to media persons on the controversy over construction of Ras Lila Mandap at Kangla, Biren clarified that the work programme was proposed by the previous government to the Centre in the year 2015. One should give comments after digesting the issue clearly and if public do not have the clear information, they should not be misled, he said.

“ I have also interest in keeping the scared place of Kangla fort safe, to save its infrastructure the interrogation cell was removed and programmes like ‘Nongpok Thong Hangba’ was started with the coming of present government,” he added.

He further said the government will take necessary steps with the consent of public and government.

Researcher, Dr. Lokendro Arambam said that such works needs to be translated into local language so that the local people can engage into the academic discourse and issues of the region.

Prof. Bhagat Oinam introduced the book and stated that the publication is a collection of articles published in the journal Eastern Quarterly. It is a comprehensive Reader on Northeast India presenting the widest range of issues confronted by the region in recent times. The Reader is also relevant to contemporary scholarship on marginal communities.

Prof. Ch. Priyoranjan presented a review of the book. He highlighted the concerns of the book and how the people of the region are negotiating with scattered selves. The book tries to locate the self in the crisis emerging out of interaction between Modernity and Tradition observed Ch. Priyoranjan. Further, he endorsed the anxiety raised by the authors on how people of the region are to respond with the fast changing global scenario. Prof. Priyoranjan praised the editors and contributors of the book and said that the book would fire the imaginations of the readers.

The 450 paged book “Northeast India: A Reader” is a comprehensive Reader with collection of articles being edited by Bhagat Oinam and Dhiren A. Sadokpam and published by Routledge (London and New Delhi).

The book is said to be the first of its kind on Northeast India and presents the widest possible range of topics on a single platform highlighting the inter-linkages of issues. Various academicians and scholars including intellectuals also attend the launching ceremony.


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