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Rajya Sabha MP Dr. Kharlukhi’s book released

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Shillong, Feb 24: A ground breaking book titled “Political Development in the Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya (1835-1972)” has been released, offering an unprecedented look into the political shifts and cultural resilience in the Jaintia Hills region, now an integral part of Meghalaya, India. This publication marks the fulfilment of a long-held ambition to document the region’s rich political history over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Dr. Kharlukhi

Authored by Dr. Wanwei Roy Kharlukhi, who is deeply versed in the area’s history, the book provides a meticulous examination of the Jaintia Hills’ political landscape, tracing its evolution from pre-British times through to the formation of the State of Meghalaya. It explores the enduring quest of the Jaintia people to uphold their rights amidst the tides of political and administrative changes brought on by both colonial and post-colonial governance.

The narrative delves into the intricate dynamics of Jaintia-Anglo relations, highlighting the pivotal moment of the Jaintia kingdom’s annexation by British forces in 1835. It scrutinizes the subsequent shifts in traditional social and political institutions and their interactions with British authority, with a particular focus on the Anglo-Jaintia resistance movement of the 1860s.

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Further, the book sheds light on the burgeoning political and social awareness spurred by external influences, leading to the formation of pivotal social entities such as the Jaintia Durbar. The later chapters detail the concerted efforts of Jaintia leaders and communities advocating for the establishment of a distinct hill state and the creation of an Autonomous District Council within Assam’s broader administrative framework.

“Political Development in the Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya (1835-1972)” is an essential read for historians, political scholars, and anyone interested in the intricate tapestry of Northeast India’s political heritage. It serves as a testament to the resilience and adaptability of the Jaintia Hills’ communities through centuries of change.

The book is available for purchase at major bookstores and online platforms.

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