Dimapur, August 17: The Naga Scholars Association (NSA) organised a book discussion titled ‘A Naga Odyssey: Visier’s Long Way Home’ in JNU, New Delhi on August 16.
The book discussion started off with a welcome note by Dr. Zuchamo Yanthan, President NSA, and introduction of the author Dr. Visier Sanyu, who is also an advisor of NSA and President, Overseas Naga Association and the chairperson Prof. Sanjoy Hazarika, Director, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiatives (CHRI) and the discussant Dr Parmod Kumar, associate professor, IGNOU.
Prof. Sanjoy Hazarika, noted author, journalist and a prominent human rights activist opened with a delightful mention that Visier is also the founder of Naga yoga in Australia. He remarked that the book might astonish many with the author’s honesty. He appreciated the courage of his long time friend Visier to come back home and setting up the ‘Healing Garden’ in Mezephima, where he not only keep all sorts of birds and animals but also uniquely constructing a one room apartment perched on a tree 30 feet above the ground.
Dr Visier Sanyu began his story by narrating about how his grandfather had to run to the jungle in 1879 when the British burned down his village of Khonoma with nothing but a chicken. Two generations and almost a century later, Visier also had to experience the same when he also had to run to the jungle when the Indian Army razed his village to the ground in mid 1950s.
Dr Visier stated that the book is not about anti India but rather it’s about an indigenous community people called Nagas who are trying to survive in the post colonial era trying to preserve its culture and identity. Therefore, the book is all about friendship, hope, forgiveness and making a difference and finding new and better way rather than fighting, he said.
Dr Parmod Kumar mentioned that the book is an important one as it is not just an individual story but of a larger society’s experience. He stated that the book will serve the academic needs on diverse disciplines such as history, sociology, cultural studies etc.
The book discussion generated lots of responses and questions from the audience.
(Page News Service)