25 November, 2020

Closer Under The Rising Sun

The Northeast is changing. Along with peace in many areas—chronicled extensively here—has come a generation determined to put it in the mainstream.

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Closer Under The Rising Sun

Sanjoy Hazarika’s new book would at first glance appear to be a sequel to his earlier path-­breaking book, Strangers in the Mist: Tales of War and Peace from India’s NorthEast. But having gone through this, which is pretty tough reading, I think he is trying to send a message to mainstream India that the Northeast is changing and it is time for us to reach out to its people and listen to the subtle changes taking place in that region.

This big book gives both a panaromic view as well as delightful insights and personal reminiscences of the key players in the different insurgencies that rocked the region over the last 70 years. The pain and human suffering is something that the bulk of the civilian population in the rest of India have very little knowledge of. Sanjoy brings this out vividly, first with the case of Mizoram. It is one of the success stories where peace was brought about and susta­ined over the last three decades. Yet, it is a troubled peace. The new generation has little knowledge of the intense suffering during the insurgency and the...



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