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Thursday, 12 December 2013

Anglo-Kuki Relationship: From 1849 to 1937 and Other Essays

Title: Anglo-Kuki Relationship: From 1849 to 1937 and Other Essays
Author: Dr. Thangkhomang S. Gangte 
Edited By: Dr. Priyadarshni M. Gangte
Foreword: Lal Dena, Dept. of History, Manipur University, Imphal.
ISBN: 978-93-82395-03-4 
Price: Rs.799/-
First Edition: 2013
Binding: Hard Cover

About the Editor:

Priyadarshini M. Gangte (M.A. Ph.D, L.L.M), Associate Professor in History Department and Co-ordinator, Human Rights Centre, Damdei Christian College, Taloulong, Motbung, Manipur. She has authored and edited a number of highly acclaimed books and souvenirs. She presented and participated in various seminars, conferences, workshops and symposia at international, national, state and local levels. She is also a regular contributor of articles to the local dailies, reputed journals and souvenirs. At present, she is also a Member state Advisory Council, RTE. Act, 2009, Government of Manipur. Being active academic initiator, she associates with various academic and social bodies, Life Members of North East India Historical Association, Indian History Congress and Institute of North East Studies, Kolkata, are some of them to be cited.

About the Book:
The Kuki’s are one of the ethnic communities of these enchanting land known as the North-East India; they had been the dominant tribes spreading their authority over a wide range of hill areas surrounding the valley of Imphal during the hey-day of the Maharaja of Manipur and subsequently during the British period. Thus the hill areas of Manipur were domain and head hunting ground of the Kuki’s till they were subjugated and controlled by the British in 1917-1919 Anglo-Kuki War. The most permanent and lasting effect of this War was not only the suppression of Kukis, but creation of permanent boundaries of Manipur that exist till date.

Recognizing the war-like nature of the Kukis, British colonial officials constituted what is known as the Kuki Levy by which many Kukis were recruited and used it for maintaining law and order in the turbulent frontier areas of Bengal. This does not mean that the Kukis calmly submitted to British rule. Independent in spirit they just could not tolerate any outside interference into their life and the result was what is popularly known as the Kuki war of 1917-1919. Analyzing the background, causes and the course of the war including the overall tribal situation in the North east India, Dr (late) T. S. Gangte presented it at the Xth World Congress of Sociology in Mexico from 16-21, August, 1982. The two papers were reproduced here as they were originally written to reflect the state of research and mind of the author in that period.

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