ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Including North-East in Nation s History

Sajal Nag Social Movements in Manipur by N Joykumar Singh; Mittal. Publishers, New
IT is remarkable that in recent times, many communities of north-east India, big or small, have understood the importance of historiographical practice and are making serious efforts at the reconstruction ot their own respective histories. The output has not only succeeded in enriching and diversifying India's past but even challenged the dominance of 'main- streamist' historiography. Indeed, north- east India hardly ever finds any mention in the textbooks of Indian history, most of which subscribe to the above school. Manipur has been a bit fortunate in this regard. Jawaharlal Nehru's accidental involvement with the Gaindinliu story brought the movement led by Jadonang - Gaindinliu in Manipur into national focus. Similarly, the Kuki and Kacha-Naga uprisings were accorded recognition due to the new found enthusiasm in history from below'. But Manipur still had a lot more to tell to the rest of India in terms of what can be characterised as 'social movements'. N Joykumar Singh's book under review details these fascinating succession of events in a very simple and unassuming way.

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