mornings with the smell of change

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Calliopia said...

Lovely picture. Reminds me of clammy monsoonal mornings in Shillong

baruk said...

tenks, calli. it does, doesn't it. i don't think i have ever seen anything like those week long downpours we used t have in shillong!

PnB said...

too much has been written on poems. Poems should be read more instead. coming back to the same poems after time has passed and getting a different reading always makes me appreciate poems more. baruk looking back on baruk, huh?

i wanted to comment about the '66 bombings, but i don't have sufficient knowledge on the topic and did not want to step on anyone toes. (u know how Mizos get all touchy about anything concerning Mizos and Mizoram.) that's why i'm commenting here instead.
i was wondering about other accounts. This passage was very individual and emotional, and the suffering takes on the form of spiritual suffering and so forth.
a lotta the writings about that period of Mizo history is flooded with emotional rhetoric. even when i ask the elder generations, they don't articulate the factors beneath the emotions, and end with the suffering etc.
i want to read something systematically researched. i want to read more "academic" history and not popular/populist history. are such texts available? point me in the right direction please.

feddabonn said...

bloody good question, now that you mention it. while i do not *know, i imagine NEHU and/or mizoram university contacts might be the best places to look for an academic treatment of the subject.

i know someone who was trying to write about the 'trouble', and interviewing people. she found it very difficult to get people to talk about specifics, and it just got very emotional. she's still working on it, i don't think its anywhere close to publication though.

i agree that it is time we *did have some academic treatment of this...a million possible angles to it. having said that, i'm not sure we of the north eastern tribes have a lot of the 'research' temperament. while i'm willing to be shot down on that opinion, i think we are more of a social/intuitive/emotional people than an 'intellectual' one. it may, of course, be just a matter of time(ing), in which case it is the people now who can do it.

i've been talking with another half mizo friend about some research in mizoram, though we were looking at it a little more generically, and in the context of a well researched documentary. that'll take a lot of time yet, it's only in the ideation stage.

i have a book (no access now) by ashim(?) someone called 'mizoram'. had a good bit on the insurgency, (and for the first time i found notes on the old religion). also have a look at sanjoy hazarika's 'strangers in the mist'. though the style is more journalistic than academic, and there's not a lot of space given to mizoram, it does give an overall context to the situation. in fact, he may be a good person to speak to if you can.