Manipur is indeed a pretty place more beautiful than many of the show places of the world-a flower on a lofty mountain. Geographically the State occupies a strategic position and has great potentialities culturally and economically. The state is a literal manifestation of unity in diversity. This pioneering and remarkable work is a valuable contribution on the history, culture and politics of Manipur. The analytical framework of the book has unfolded the various dimensions of life, culture and politics in a most creditable manner and the authors have written an authentic treaties on Manipur with absolute command and with an aura of finality on the relevant issues. In fact, this is the first attempt of its kind to present a comprehensive analysis on Manipur which is of invaluable help in understanding the cross-currents of the political life. The authors thesis that insurgency in Manipur is a human problem definitely rooted in wounded pride of its people and hence a proper assessment of the emotion and sentiments of the people is necessary for initiating corrective measures to combat it, is to be acclaimed and should be taken serious note of by policy makers and administrators. Manipur is indeed a jewel in the Indian union and this fact should form the basis of the future economic development of Manipur.
Bimal J. Dev, M.A. (Double), LL.B., Ph.D. Dip-in-French and German Languages have relentlessly pursued post-doctoral research work and have displayed a high degree of productivity in this field. Their earlier joint works namely Lushai Customs and Ceremonies, Cosmogony of Castes and Social Mobility in Assam and Assam Muslims: Politics and Cohesion (all from Mittal Publications, Delhi) have been widely reviewed in national news papers which applauded their pioneering efforts and commended their line of thinking. The authors have also to their credit a good number of outstanding research papers published in prestigious journals in India and abroad.
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