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Thursday, 12 December 2013

Critical Days of Manipur: A Study on Burning Issues and Problems

Title: Critical Days of Manipur: A Study on Burning Issues and Problems
Author: Dr. Dhanabir Laishram & Urikhinbam Nobokishore
ISBN: 978-93-82395-35-5
First Edition: 2014
Language: English 
Binding: Hard Cover

About The Author(s):
Dr. Dhanabir Laishram is a Guest Faculty Member, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (IGNTU) (Regional Centre Manipur). He is working as an Associate Professor in Regional College and former Guest Faculty Member, Dept. of Political Science, Manipur University. He, born in 1954, hails from the unique village of Thongju in Manipur.

He has travelled widely. In 1977 he participated in the Working Groups for Indigenous People at the United Nations in Geneva. He participated in the working groups again in 1999 and 2000. He got ESPERANTO learning in 2001 in Netherlands. He went to Thailand in 2001 and Shan states in Myanmar in 2005 to study genesis of Tai people. He is a member of Universal Esperanto Association, Netherlands. He was also one of the members of NEPI (North East People Initiative).

Dr. Dhanabir Laishram has published seven books and several articles on various aspects of North East India in national and international journals. He is also very popular permanent columnist of "The Poknapham" and "The People's Chronicle."

Urikhimbam Nobokishore was born in 1963 in Manipur. He started his school from Canchipur High School and completed his M.A (Social Work) from Indore School of Social Work, Indore in 1984. He started his NGO career since 1984 in an organization call Citizen Volunteers Training (CVTC), Imphal. He completed his management course from Asian Institute of Management (AIM), Makati, Philippine in 1995. He was trained as a trainer on Local Capacity for Peace (LCP) by Mrs. Merry B. Anderson, Boston and Mr. Wolfgang Heinarich of Germany in 1997. He is a LCP trainer in South Asia and South East Asia. He also completed his specialize course on Responding to Conflict from Woodbrook, UK in 2005. Since then he work extensively for long term sustainable peace building and human rights. He is actively engaged with Government of India and UN for security sector reform in India.

About the Book:
Manipur, easternmost border state of India, is a place of paradox where despite more than half a century of unrest marked by armed conflict of differing degree sometimes high and sometimes of low intensities, it has continuously produces sports person of high caliber. Despite the “conflict situation” our cultural troops continue to awe people in abroad. It is a place of bandh and economic blockade. These are called by both armed and unarmed groups. Such economy blockades were done by the hill people so often. The people of Manipur are yet to find a solution to the ever growing gap between the inhabitants of the hill and plains. Our government stands accused of being biased in its policy towards the tribal inhabitants of the state. Delhi is also heeding to play politricks of divide and rule policy in between hill and plain people. Why has this government not put into practice with full energy for ending the conflict that has cost thousands of lives. The conflict is at its lower ebb but by no means it’s over. With the government not looking for a long term solution this flash in the pan will be a memory and the people of this state will continue to live life in a dividing line not knowing whether they are living in times of peace or war-for in Manipur. It seems the two exist together.

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