NSA discusses book ‘A Naga Odyssey’

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/17/2018 12:10:46 PM IST

The Naga Scholars Association (NSA) organized a book discussion titled ‘A Naga Odyssey: Visier’s Long Way Home’ at JNU, New Delhi on August 16. The book discussion started with a welcome note by president NSA, Dr. Zuchamo Yanthan, and introduction of the author, Dr. Visier Sanyu, who is an advisor of NSA & president, Overseas Naga Association; and the chairperson, director Commonwealth Human Rights Initiatives (CHRI), professor Sanjoy Hazarika; and the discussant, associate professor, IGNOU, Dr Parmod Kumar. 

A press release by the NSA president and general secretary, Dr. Lungthuiyang Riamei stated that globally noted author, journalist and a prominent human rights activist, professor Sanjoy Hazarika opened by saying that Dr. Visier was also the founder of Naga yoga in Australia. He also appreciated Dr. Visier for coming back home and setting up a ‘Healing Garden’ in Mezephima.

Speaking at the discussion program, Dr. Visier Sanyu narrated how his grandfather had to run to the jungle with nothing but a chicken in 1879 when the British burned down his village, Khonoma.  Two generations and almost a century later, Visier also had to experience the same when he had to run to the jungle carrying his brother when the Indian Army razed his village to the ground in the mid 1950s. He said he had been reluctant to tell his story for many decades but decided to muster up the courage and tell it to let it be remembered and also since speaking about it was a therapeutic experience. He also said that there were ways to forgive.

Dr. Visier stated that the book was not anti India but was about an indigenous community of people who were trying to survive in the post colonial era, trying to preserve their culture and identity.

The discussant, Dr Parmod Kumar, in the book discussion, also said that the book was important as it was not just the story of an individual but of a larger society’s experience. 

The book discussion generated lots of responses and questions from the audience which Dr. Visier answered. The event ended with a vote of thanks from NSA secretary, Dr Lungthuiyang Riamei. The rapportuer of the session was  author and a senior faculty in university of Delhi, Dr Vieo Pou. 


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