Monday, November 28, 2022

State govt forfeits book on Manipur merger

Correspondent

Manipur government has forfeited a book titled “The Complexity Called MANIPUR Roots, Perceptions & Reality” while accusing the information on “Manipur Merger Agreement” in the book were “grossly misleading and scandalous.”
The book authored by late Brig Sushil Kumar Sharma was published by Viva Books Private Limited by Vinod Vasishtha for Viva Books Private Limited, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi.
An order of the state home department declared that every copy of the controversial book shall be forfeited to the government.
The order forfeiting the book came up after a huge outcry against the controversial information on the merger agreement of Manipur contained in the book.
Many civil society organisations have strongly criticized the book while some of the CSOs even boycotted retired professor Amar Yumnam of Manipur University, who was one of the supervisors of Brig Sharma’s thesis.
The history relating to “Manipur Merger Agreement” is a very sensitive and emotional subject for the native people of the state of Manipur, the order issued by the state principal secretary (home) Rajesh Agrawal observed.
Under the heading “Merger of Manipur with the Indian Union” of the book it is mentioned that “The total area which the Manipur merger agreement covered was his territory of 700 square miles or 26,500 Paris/hectares.”
“Not even a single inch of hill area was covered under this agreement,” it added.
This information is grossly misleading and scandalous and there may even amount to breach of peace and public tranquillity and maintenance of harmony between various communities residing in the state thereby impacting the national security and national integrity of India, the order observed.
It added that the information provided in the book were also unfounded and were contrary to a gazette published in the year 1950 by the ministry of states (now ministry of home affairs), Government of India with the title “White Paper on Indian States”.
The gazette specifically reproduces the “Manipur Merger Agreement” at page No. 232.

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