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Book on Indo-Chi conflict released

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  23 May 2016 12:00 AM GMT

From a Correspondent

Tezpur, May 22: A book written on the Indo-Chi conflict, a compilation of various incidents that happened during the Chinese aggression during 1962 in and around the then Tezpur town that were always in the dark, was released on Sunday at a brief function held at the Asomyia Club here. The book, published by Asomiya Club and edited by noted jourlist Manoj Bora and social worker Hemanta Lahkar, was formally released by the HoD, Department of Cultural Studies, Tezpur University, Prof. Pradipjyoti Mahanta.

The book with 232 pages has been able to throw light on many social ups and down witnessed by the defense wing of the Government of India and the common civil society in the region during the period of Chinese aggression. Welcoming the gathering, associate editor of the book, Hemanta Lahkar said that nobody could throw the Indo-Chi conflict into the dustbin terming it as an unfortute incident. The wreckage of the war, its bitter experience, its historical impact and its political reason, role played during that moment by the Indian and Chinese governments, became a subject of recapitulation after 50 years of the 1962 Indo-Chi war.

Under the aegis of dedicated social workers like Bijit Saikia and Hiren Chowdury, the Youth Emergency Organization (YEO), that later became today’s SSB, was created to help the war-affected people. “Delving deep into these forgotten indents we the Asomyia Club took an initiative to publish a book on the subject in 2012. During that time, the Ministry of Defense, Government of India also assisted us by providing several photographs and data about the war,” Lahkar said, adding the book was a collection of various incidents including an unruly situation, war and the historic treaty between the two countries witnessed during the pre and post war moment by various noted persolities of Tezpur like Kolaguru Bishnu Prashad Rabha, Dr. Pur rayan Sinha, former minister, Bijit Saikia, Hiren Chowdhury among others.

Meanwhile, editor of the book Manuj Bora said that the editorial board was honestly assisted in publishing the book by retired Director, Directorate of Public Relations, Ministry of Defense, Government of India, Col. B.D. Maitra, Defense, PRO, NN Joshi, noted columnist, Sanjay Hazarika, jourlist Atanu Phukan, Prof. Chandan Sharma, Tezpur University and the then SP, Sonitpur, Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta.

Releasing the book formally, Prof. Pradipjyoti Mahanta said that the book was a database and from this, the common readers would be able to avail a lot of information regarding the Indo-Chi war. The occasion was conducted and presided over by Jatindra th Koch and Bhupen Sarma respectively. It was attended by former minister Bijit Saikia, ilini Baruah, Pankaj Baruah, among others.

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