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Forgotten Voices of the Japan Laan: The Battle of Imphal and the Second World War in Manipur

 
Yaiphaba Meetei Kangjam (Author)
Synopsis

In the annals of our history we have often overlooked the impact that the Second World War had on our own people and culture in Northeast India. In this remote region several battles were fought. The terrain was difficult, compounded by harsh weather, making these battles amongst the most bitterly fought of the Second World War. These stories of war make up an important repository of memories and lived heritage.

This volume by a young Manipuri scholar has captured these poignant memories of a turbulent period in our history. In a range of interviews he has vividly brought to life, forgotten stories and anecdotes which recall privations undergone by the hapless people and their sturdy courage. The book highlights the role of Manipur and its people in this chapter of world history.

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About the author

Yaiphaba Meetei Kangjam

Yaiphaba Meetei Kangjam (Yai) is passionate about Manipur and its rich history. In particular, it never ceases to fascinate him that the environs of his hometown, Imphal, were the setting for one of the greatest battles of all time during the Second World War. He has extensively researched the Battle of Imphal and the more he learns, the more he realises how much more there is to discover – not just about Imphal, but also its twin battle at Kohima in 1944, and indeed the entire Burma Campaign.

Yai is a part of Battle of Imphal Tours which offers Second World War-themed battlefield tours in North-east India and Myanmar (Burma). He also organises contemporary tours around Manipur through his venture Imphal Walks, besides being a founding member of the Manipur Association of Tour Operators (MATO). Yai holds a Master’s degree in Tourism Management; his thesis was on Battlefield Tourism, with special reference to Manipur.

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Bibliographic information

Title Forgotten Voices of the Japan Laan: The Battle of Imphal and the Second World War in Manipur
Author Yaiphaba Meetei Kangjam
Format Hardcover
Date published: 08.06.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173056185
length xiv+158p., 22 x 24cm.