DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 27: Pekingto Y Jimo’s debut book The Lost Mission, which narrates the story of the 312 Nagas who had left the Naga inhabitant lands for China more than 50 years ago and what followed thereafter, was released on Friday by Advisor of School Education, K T Sukhalu, IAS (Retd.) here at Orchid Conference Hall, Hotel Saramati, Dimapur.
Releasing the book, Sukhalu described the book as “very interesting” and something that will keep the readers engaged. He went on to suggest that every school and college library in the state should have the book as well as the Naga national workers and all the tribal hohos must read it.
Comparing the National workers of the 1950s-60s with the present generation, he said that the sacrifices the former made must be applauded and there is a huge difference between the workers of that time and the workers of present and it is doubtful if the present generation can make similar sacrifices.
He said that Naga history is mostly oral and appreciated the author for reaching out to the people directly involved in the movement for the research of the book.
He mentioned that the book, which has been written in simple language that doesn’t give room for confusion, is going to hurt some, but they should overcome it for the cause of the state.
Earlier, in the keynote address, the author said that the book is an honest attempt to speak for those who cannot speak and it is not intended to create enmity or hatred towards the Government of India or any of the NNPGs.
Giving a glimpse about the book, he said that it narrates the story of 312 Nagas who went on a mission to China 50 years ago, making sacrifices for the liberty of the Nagas, weaving a story of love, sacrifices, and betrayal.
During the launching ceremony, three veterans also shared their messages via pre-recorded videos and poet Anato Swu on behalf of Rev. Maurice Wylie and Maureen Wylie of Maurice Wylie Media, the publisher of the book, read out their message on the occasion as they could not attend the launching because of the restrictions on international flights.
The book, priced at Rs 500, is available on mauricewyliemedia.com
(Page News Service)