Saturday, 15 April 2017

Bishnupriya Manipuri Digital Books

There is a renewed interest on our history, culture, literature, the whole gamut by outsiders. There is is eagerness on their part to understand us, the Hindu jati in North East. But we don't have a space or location, where they can be referred to. They sought for a digital library where researchers and scholars could carry on their work. 

In the digital space, so far, (a) there are only two books digitised by Government of India on us and (b) odd few PhD thesis to study us online. In addition, there are (c) few books on us from Manipur-based scholars (available online).

So to make available books for serious researchers and scholars (both for home consumption and for outsiders), a digital library has been launched. Earlier, Pratibha Sinha has made a collection of books: BM Books Gallery.

To this sudden surge in people's interest, "Bishnupriya Manipuri Digital Books" is an effort to make books available to these few people who wants to study us. They want to know the story so far from us. 

The project is going to be gigantic, but it is worth doing it. No body is going to assist us, but we ourselves have to do it. It is our job. In the coming days, not only it will help others but our own researchers and scholars. 

So far, only three books has been made available online. Dr Kali Prasad Sinha's two books; first the 1960 published book "The Bishnupriya Manipuri Language"; second, 1975 booklet "A Note on the Term Bishnupriya Manipuri". Jogendra Kumar Sinha's booklet "Chronology of the Moirangs and the Kshamuls". 

Please share books/ booklets/ souvenir at your disposal.
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