In Strangers Of The Mist: Tales Of War & Peace From India’s Northeast, author Sanjoy Hazarika sheds light on many issues that are currently facing the states in North Eastern India., through a collection of facts, and personal experiences.
Summary Of The Book
Strangers Of The Mist: Tales Of War & Peace From India’s Northeast is Hazarika’s attempt to bring awareness to a number of sensitive issues faced by Indians living in the North Eastern parts of the country. According to the author, the people and problems of that region are often overlooked and ignored.
In this eye-opening memoir, the author presents several enlightening facts, which are virtually unknown to most citizens of this nation. For instance, Hazarika systematically presents the developments that occurred in Assam and neighbouring parts, from post Independence up to the present day. He sheds light on possible causes and factors behind ethnic clashes, separatist outbreaks, and political unrest, that is so characteristic of this region. There is also a real sense of urgency to implement “real” changes that would stop the loss of life due to drugs and violence. Hazarika also points out the issues faced with neighbouring countries such as Bhutan, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Strangers Of The Mist: Tales Of War & Peace From India’s Northeast also talks about refugees migrating from Myanmar and Bangladesh to Northeastern states like Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, which has caused tension between the many ethnicities in these states.
Apart from presenting the problem, Hazarika also presents solutions. Without excess verbiage or complexity, and all the while maintaining a neutral position, Hazarika stresses that the time to act is now. Strangers Of The Mist: Tales Of War & Peace From India’s Northeast is arguably the best book written on the issues facing North East India thus far.
About Sanjoy Hazarika
Sanjoy Hazarika is an author, journalist, filmmaker, and professor, from the region of Assam.
He has also authored Bhopal: The Lessons of a Tragedy, Writing on the Wall: Reflections on the North-East and Rites Of Passage.
Hazarika was born in 1954 in Shillong. He is a Consulting Editor for the Statesman, and has previously worked for Associated Press and The New York Times, as well as a Research Professor at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. He has created many documentary films on the north eastern region. Hazarika is also a former member of India’s National Security Advisory Board.
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