Imphal, Dec 4,
When community across the globe are searching for their roots and people started focusing to the issues of identity crisis, a former bureaucrat, who resigned from service to begin political journey, Hareshwar Goshwami have contributed today’s generation the revise edition of his book “History of the People of Manipur” , which perhaps will be a treasure to the students of history to their research work.
The revise edition content 273 pages and is published by Yaol Publishing Limited and co-published by Suraj Kumar Okram contain historical data about the formation of the erstwhile kingdom Kangleipak which later become Manipur. Myth, legends and secondary sources from the writings of many historian appeared to be the methodology applied by the author in tracing the root of the people of the state.
Topographical characteristic of the region and the argument about Meitei or any other ethnic communities are not simply born from a cave but are settled who came from various part, said Malem Ningthouja , a scholar based in Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, author of the book, Hareshwar said the book is an attempt to collate and analyse fragments of oral and literary accounts in an attempt to bring into a single volume. This is a sum-up view about the origins, distribution, split and blending, and the emergence of the communities which are believed to have constituted the natives or indigenes of Manipur.
He said it has not been an easy attempt as he had realized missing links and contradictory views on several topics due to lack of more detailed and authentic primary and secondary sources.
There were limitations in finding first-hand information on many areas. However, the book is expected to open up certain pertinent themes or issues or topics that in future others may carry out more comprehensive research. Because the book is not a research work, but a simple narrative, Hareshwar asserted.
The releasing function of the 2nd edition of the “History of the People of Manipur” was held yesterday evening at “Books and Coffee” located at Singjeimei Thokchom Leikai, in presence of various eminent personalities and academicians.
Former Chief Secretary, Former MCS, Deputy Director of the Manipur Legislative Assembly were among those who attended the book releasing function.
Professor NgangkahmNimai Singh HOD department of Physics, MU,; Dr. DhanabirLaishram social scientist,; general secretary of United Committee Manipur, KhuraijamAthouba; editor Imphal Times, Rinku Khumukcham and journalist, Richard Ranjan also attended the book release function as dignitaries on the dais.
The author, Hareshwar Goshwami, was born on May 15 , 1959. He graduated from University of Delhi in 19979 with honours in History and completed Master degree from JNU Canchipur in 1981.
Before joining the Manipur Civil Service, Hareshwar Goshwami was very active in social activism since his college days till he completed his Master degeree. He was the general Secretary of MSAD, General Secretary of All Manipur Polo Association and Advisor of the MAPI Council .