Manipur Myanmar Connections: An Indic Perspective

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About the Book :

Linkages of the North East India's culture and civilisation with Southeast Asia had since been there since the very early times. As early as 1470 AD, Manipur had political connectivity with Myanmar following the signing of the treaty between the King Khekhomba of Pong of Upper Myanmar and King Kyamba (1467-1523) of Manipur.  As far as historical records are concerned, it was during the reign of King Kyamba that the King of Pong gifted the idol of Vishnu (see cover picture) and some ritual item to Kyamba. Even then, comprehensive and thorough academic intervention to exhaustively study in-depth the shared culturo-historical experiences of the peoples of North East India with those of South East Asia remain negligible and wanting. With India's Look East Policy initiated in 1991, and more so the Act East Policy launched in 2014 gaining prominence, there have been growing attention among the policy makers, academicians, and experts etc. to engage in relooking the connectivity of the region of Northeast India with the East. However, their attention is overwhelmingly on economy concerns and trade prospects. This book is a modest attempt towards filling up that void with special reference to Myanmar and Manipur though not limited to it.

About Author :

Shukhdeba Sharma Hanjabam (MSW, PhD) is Head, Department of Social Work, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Regional Campus, Manipur, Makhan Kangpokpi District, Manipur. He completed his PhD from School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and post doctoral from University of Florida, Florida, USA (2014-2015) as Fogarty International Center Fellow. He is also the life member of North East India History Association; Manipur Historical Society; and Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), New Delhi. He also had successfully completed research projects under the sponsorship from ICSSR, New Delhi and Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Manipur. He can be reached at <>

Aheibam Koireng Singh (MA, PhD), is Assistant Professor, Centre for Manipur Studies, Manipur University, Canchipur, Imphal West District, Manipur. Formerly the General Secretary of Manipur University Research Club, he is also the life member of Indian Tourism Congress, Manipur Historical Society, and North East India History Association. He specializes in India's North East regional studies of election, ethnicity, inter-group and inter-community relations, conflict, peace building, and issues of governance. His authored and edited books, 'Ethnicity and Intercommunity Conflicts: A Case of Kuki-Naga in Manipur', 'Miniature India in Motion: Movements in Recent past and present Manipur' are well received for its rich material content and critical insights. He can be reached at <>

Kakchingtabam Ruhinikumar Sharma (MA, PhD) is Assistant Professor, Department of History, Ideal Girls College (Government of Manipur), Akampat, Imphal-East- 795001, Manipur-India. He is the Life Member and was the Executive Member of North East India History Association. He can be contacted at <>.