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The Kukis of Manipur: A Historical Analysis

Thangkhomang S. Gangte (Author)
Synopsis This study of the Kukis of Manipur is the first of its kind. There were various books on the Kukis written by the British officers which were of descriptive nature. The present work is the product of intensive field study, pin pointing certain aspects of the socio-cultural life of the Kukis with conclusions arrived at after exhaustive scientific analyses. He also unfolds other aspects of the life of the Kukis on historical perspective and identity issue as compared to the Nagas. Prof. Peter T. Suzuki of New York University, USA commented on the work: This is a profoundly rich study of the Kukis of Manipur. The author modestly has subtitled it a historical analysis. However, the study itself combines a historical and contemporary analysis and thereby provides the readers with a multi-dimensional study of a culture worthy of great attention such as offered by Dr. Gangte. Despite the process of modernization which the Kukis are undergoing, the numerous ceremonies and rites as ably described and analysed by Dr. Gangte attest to the persistence and coherence of their culture. Also, it is satisfying that these rites, etc., are being recorded for posterity by someone who obviously understands and respects the people undergoing the change. Dr. Gangte also does an excellent job in examining the issue of identity. As compared with the Nagas, the Kukis lack this sense; however, there are a number of extenuating circumstances – all analyzed with insight – which have militated against such a condition. In examining the issue of identity, Dr. Gangte does an admirable job in approaching the issue from an interdisciplinary position, with reference to language, geography, propinquity, colonial history, and the like. Dr. Gangte’s work first rate. It is thorough, Informative, stimulating, and profound.
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About the author

Thangkhomang S. Gangte

Dr. Thangkhomang S. Gangte pioneered promotion of higher education among the tribals in the bribal areas of the state of Manipur after obtaining his Master’s Degree from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University. While serving the backward tribal people of Manipur, he did his research work and obtained Ph.D. from Calcutta University. After serving for more than twenty three years as the founder-Principal of Churachandpur College, Churachandpur, Manipur, has was promoted to the post of Director of Education, in-charge of University and Higher Education, Government of Manipur, the post he still holds. As a Fulbright scholar, Dr. Gangte traveled widely in USA, to study their higher education system. He has published articles in reputed academic journals and presented papers at national seminars.

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Title The Kukis of Manipur: A Historical Analysis
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2010
Edition Reprint.
Language: English
isbn 8121204003, 9788121204002
length xii+239p., Figures; Tables; Plates; Maps; Index; 23cm.