5. Highway 39: Journeys Through A Factured Land (Sudeep Chakravarti)

A highway through Assam, Nagaland & Manipur. Manipur’s lifeline, a troubled highway of India. Highway 39 (AH 1).

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This is a book about Sudeep’s journey through these states. Mainly, Manipur & Nagaland. The book focus on the conflict within these states and the whole Mainland/NorthEast conflict. I actually bought this book year before ‘Che in Paona Bazar’ and read it right after I finished ‘Che’.

In the first chapter itself, Sudeep recalled a story about a girl named ‘Apenyo’. The story gave me chill right down to my spine. It was horrifying and traumatized me for weeks.

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He get to the roots on how revolution came about in North-East India against the ‘Mainland’ India. The hatred for Indian Army in particular.

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There’s so many stories that is horrifying just like Apenyo’s. Notably, about

Sharmila: A young woman, when she started a decade long hunger strike against AFSPA and still counting.

Y. Vandanshan Lothe: A son of Naga freedom fighter, who lost his daughter, crippled another and nearly wiped out his entire family by Mortar, fired by an Army following an ambush.

And Vidyarani: A little girl of 11yrs old, who was abducted and kept in custody by Police because they cant find her parents.

And many more………

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Thank you Sudeep for writing this extraordinary book on NorthEast India and sharing the story to the world. I recommend everyone to read it.

Sid.

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