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Breaking Barriers in Post-independence India
A Journey out of the Northeast

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ISBN 9781032394046
March 24, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge India
212 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book looks at India of the 1950s and 60s while it was still emerging from two centuries of colonial rule and striving to come together as a nation. It critically explores the history of nationalism and identity in Northeastern India, a region with diverse ethnolinguistic communities and people, through the personal history of the first Manipuri (Meitei) direct recruit in the Indian Administrative Services.

The book weaves in autobiographical stories with the story of Northeast India, capturing its politics, socio-cultural distinctiveness and milieus that set the region apart from the rest of the country. It covers the career of the author in the IAS, serving in Manipur and Karnataka, with the Union Government, and finally as Secretary for the northeastern region. Through these, the book tells the story of a changing society, of a developing nation and a people on the move. It shows how borders and barriers were collapsing and being formed at the same time and how the country was dealing with it. The book is a unique and significant addition to the literature on Manipur; it deepens our understanding of the northeastern states and the complex interactions of the people of the region with the rest of India.

Part of the Transitions in Northeastern India series, this book will be of great interest to researchers and scholars of modern history, sociology, social anthropology and postcolonial studies, particularly those concerned with India and Northeast India.

Table of Contents




Part – 1

1 Backdrop & Setting

2 Rites of Passage

3 Brahmaputra calling: Assam

4 The Cuckoo Syndrome

5 ‘The Unreal City’: Gauhati aka Guwahati

6 Cultural Instincts & Survival Instincts

7 Khasi Highlanders

8 Rhapsody on a ‘Ka-duitara’ & hobbies

9 Mathematics & Friendship

10 The return of the prodigal

Part – 2

11 Westward Gamble

12 Hindu College: Dreams take wings

13 Hostel life: ‘STOLOVAYA’

14 Beyond the sunrise is Northeastern India

15 The semantics of war & other stories

16 The Graduate in the making

17 Stray Impressions: Lasting influence

18 Post graduate: Changing contours

19 Agha Shahid Ali, Begum Akhtar & me

Part - 3

20 Crossing the Rubicon

21 The Civil Services examination

22 Yes! It is possible

23 Gathering of the eagles

24 The IAS & Northeast India

Notes and References



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Falguni Rajkumar is a retired officer in the Indian Administrative Service, Former Secretary to Government of India looking after the Northeast Eastern Council and worked for the Ministry for Development of the Northeastern Region, India.