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Seminar On Composite History Of Kukis Begins

IMPHAL, Apr 1: a two day seminar on the topic ‘Haipou Jadonang, Rani Gaidelieu and Kuki rebellion in the composite history of Manipur’ organized by National Research Centre, Manipur commenced from today at Manipur Dramatic Union Hall, Yaiskul Police Lane.

Speaking as resource person in the morning session held with Prof Ksh Bimola Devi as the moderator, Dr Dhanabir Laishram said even though every ethnic group settled in Manipur have their own history and traditions, historians/writers of each community tend to include their own opinion for the sake of publicity thereby creating confusion and unnecessary tension.

Rather than create division it would be for the betterment of all the communities and strengthen the age-old bond amongst various ethnic groups in case stress of the writers in on composite compilation of Manipur’s common history. Speaking on the topic ‘The historical bond of hill-valley in Manipur:

A proposition of composite history’, he expressed that it would be a profound error to allow geographical dimensions or statistics of population or complexities of religion, caste and language to belittle the significance of what is called the integrated Manipur of the past. Pointing out that Manipur had been for centuries the home of several ethnic groups; he referred to folklores and tales of legends to substantiate that highlanders and valley people originated from a common ancestor.

The session was followed by Usham Dhananjoy Singh’s presentation on ‘The role of Naga and Kuki elites in the formation of first responsible Government of Manipur’, and Prof N Joykumar of MU on ‘Kuki rebellion and role of Chingakham Sanajaoba’.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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