Understanding India’s Northeast – A Reporter’s Journal released

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Kohima, Jun 4: Understanding India’s Northeast – A Reporter’s Journal by Rupa Chinai was released today by Peace Activist Niketu Iralu, Advisor Indigenous Women’s Forum of North East India, Khesheli Chishi and North East Network representative Seno Tsuhah at a simple function held at Symphony Café here.
Having trudged furrows across the Northeast from three decades of legwork, Rupa Chinai’s journal recounts her personal interactions with indigenous communities living in India’s little-known, politically sensitive border areas.
Giving an introduction of the book, she said that the journal is an endeavour to understand the reality of India through their eyes. “Barriers of geography, culture and race have long separated the people of the North East from those in the ‘mainland’, she said, adding that instead of building bridges, the Indian state has consistently pushed these communities against a wall.
The book provides context to the various protest movements of Northeast groups in their effort to determine their own destiny.
Speaking on the occasion, Niketu Iralu, Khesheli Chishi and Seno Tsuhah lauded the effort of the writer for the past three decades in physically visiting the interior areas in the Northeast, especially Nagaland and bring out the fact for a better understanding.
(Page News Service)