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Mother where's my country? A must read for rest of India

ASHISH KUMAR | IBNLokmat

First published: January 25, 2016, 3:21 PM IST | Updated: January 25, 2016
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Mother where's my country?  A must read for rest of India
If you are looking for an answer to all questions about Manipur, then Anubha Bhonsle's debut book "Mother, Where's my country? Looking for Light in the Darkness of Manipur," is a must.

Mother, Where's my country? Looking for Light in the Darkness of Manipur

Author: Anubha Bhonsle

Publisher: Speaking Tiger Publication

Price: Rs 499

There are few things which come to mind whenever I read about Manipur - be it Irom Sharmila, the Iron Lady of Manipur or Armed Forces Special Powers act (AFSPA) or Human right violations and Manipuri people's protest against AFSPA, National highway blockade in North Eastern states, Underground groups and political turmoil in the state.

If you are looking for an answer to all these questions then celebrated journalist Anubha Bhonsle's debut book "Mother, Where's my country? Looking for Light in the Darkness of Manipur," is a must. It has all the answers. It's a very Intriguing and engaging book.

Manipur, a northeastern state, has been in isolation since Independence. Even the people of northeast have been discriminated against as if they are from some other country. In the news we all might have seen agitations across all states for one thing or the other.

While Mary Kom is a name we all are familiar with, Irom Sharmila, who has been on a hunger strike against AFSPA and human rights violation is still an unknown face for the common people in India. In my opinion, she is an Aung San Suu Kyi of India.

The author has written about Irom Sharmila comprehensively and how she has fought for the rights of the people of Manipur. Anubha also highlights how Irom's family, especially her brother Singhajit, stood by her all through her struggle.

With heartrending real stories not only of Irom Sharmila, but also of all citizens of Manipur, the book tries to make Manipur a familiar word with all. Weaved with exhilarating stories, it will take you up in Manipur for that moment.

Living in safer parts of India, we are completely unaware of Armed Forces Special Powers Acts in Manipur. Diktats of underground groups in states and the Naga's fight for their motherland, the book explains the ground story of Manipur meticulously.

Personal stories of Manipuri people will give you an idea about the challenges they face these days. It talks about everyday sacrifices the people are making for the sake of the state. The discrimination they face in school, colleges and even markets in their own country is shocking.

Apart from the information about Manipur, this book will motivate you to stand up for Irom Sharmila and remind you of Mahatma Gandhi's non-violence movement. Yes, you will be astonished that even today somebody from our own country is practicing non-violence.

I would suggest this book to all Indians because it will make you understand and know our own people and their sacrifices. I congratulate Anubha Bhonsle for the meticulous research.

Any reader will enjoy this book, though it is a very sad one. It has all the elements that make it unputdownable. After reading one chapter you will feel that it is a very intense book. You will be eager to know what the next chapter has. The author has interlaced every chapter very intelligently and language of the book is captivating and amazing.

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