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The Princess and the Political Agent

P Binodini Devi (Author) L. Somi Roy (Translator)

The Manipuri writer Binodini’s Sahitya Akademi Award-winning historical novel The Princess and the Political Agent tells the love story of her aunt Princess Sanatombi and Lt. Col. Henry P. Maxwell, the British representative in the subjugated Tibeto-Burman kingdom of Manipur. A poignant story of love and fealty, treachery and valour, it is set in the midst of the imperialist intrigues of the British Raj, the glory of kings, warring princes, clever queens and loyal retainers. Reviving front-page global headlines of the day, Binodini’s perspective is from the vanquished by love and war, and the humbling of a proud kingdom. Its sorrows and empathy sparkle with wit and beauty, as it deftly dissects the build-up and aftermath of the perfidy of the Anglo-Manipuri War of 1891. Binodini is the supreme stylist of contemporary Manipuri literature and an icon of Manipuri modernism, and her tale of a forbidden love and ostracism vividly brings to life the court and manners of a little-known Asian kingdom. In doing so, she recovers its little-known history, its untold relations with India and Great Britain, and a forgotten chapter of the British Raj.

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About the author

P Binodini Devi

Potshangbam Binodini Devi (born 1959). Graduated from DM College of Science, Imphal (1979). Completed M.Sc. (Gauhati University,1982). Awarded Ph. D. (Gauhati University, 1994) Conferred Dr. Malti Nagar Ethnoarchaeology Award in 1998. Identified as a distinguished scholar in Indian Archaeology by Archaeological Survey of India, Govt. of India, 2009. Explored Poumai Areas, District Senapati, Manipur in 1999 as Associate Director. Served as Co-Ordinator and Resource Person for EMMRC under HRD, Govt. of India (2010 – 2011). Completed 9 (Nine) projects, published fifteen research papers. Presented papers in four International Congress and Conferences : Manila (2006), Mumbai (2006), Utkal University (2007) and Lucknow University (2010).Member of Indo Pacific Prehistory Association (IPPA, Australia). Life Members of Indian Society for Prehistoric for Quaternary Studies (ISPQS, Pune) and Society of South Asian Archaeology, (SOSAA, Pune). Executive Member of ISQPS for three consecutive years (2008 – 2011). Worked as Curator, Manipur University Museum, M.U. (1989-1990), Project Fellow (1992 - 1995), Guest Lecturer, M.U. (1995 – 2002). She is now teaching at the DM College of Science, Imphal.

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Title The Princess and the Political Agent
Format Softcover
Date published: 24.10.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Penguin India
Language: English
isbn 9780143446514
length 344p.,