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Noted Manipur based historian Gangmumei Kamei passes away

Noted Manipur-based historian, litterateur and scholar Gangmumei Kamei passed away in Imphal following protracted illness. He was 77.

Kamei was currently a member of the North Eastern Council (NEC). Earlier, he had served as a minister in Manipur on two occasions.

About Gangmumei Kamei

  • Gangmumei Kamei was born on October 21, 1939 in Imphal. He was specialised in the history of the North-eastern region, and more particularly of Manipur.
  • He hailed from the Zeliangrong community which is spread across Manipur, Assam and Nagaland.
  • Academic Life: He had served as a professor of History in Manipur University and also president of Northeast India History Association (NEIHA) in its Kohima session of 1986.
  • He had authored several books and a large number of research papers. Some of his most well-known books are A History of Modern Manipur (1826-2000), On History and Historiography of Manipur, A History of Manipur: Pre-colonial Period, Ethnicity and Social Change, Lectures on History of Manipur and History of Zeliangrong Nagas: From Makhel to Rani Gaidinliu,.
  • He was a historian of national repute and had served as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Anthropological Survey of India (1984-87) and also a member of the ICSSR panel on Tribal Studies.
  • Political Life: He was also into active politics and public life. He had founded the Federal Party of Manipur in 1993. He was also elected to the state assembly twice in 1995 and 2001 and also served as a minister twice.
  • In 2013 he had joined the BJP. In July 2015, Union Government had appointed him as a member of the NEC.
  • Awards and Honours: Platinum Jubilee Samman in 2010 by the Manipuri Sahitya Parishad for his contribution to history and tribal culture, National Fellowship by Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla in 2010-2012.

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Eminent Tamil scholar Noboru Karashima passes away

Distinguished Tamil scholar and historian of South India and South Asia, Noboru Karashima from Japan passed away in Tokyo. He was 82.

His research has rewritten the economic and social history of medieval South India and had published number of writings on them. He also had played a critical role in developing Indo-Japan cultural ties.

About Noboru Karashima

  • Noboru Karashima was Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo and Taisho University.
  • Key contributions: His use of statistical techniques to distil information from a mass of inscriptions was his seminal contribution to South Indian history.
  • Organisations: He was instrumental in setting up the International Association of Tamil Research (IATR) and was its president from 1989 to 2010.
  • He was the principal organiser of the 8th World Tamil Conference in Thanjavur in 1995. He also was the president of the Japan Association for South Asian Studies from 1996 to 2000.
  • Publications: He has written numerous books on South Indian History. They are Kingship in Indian history, Towards a New Formation: South Indian Society under Vijayanagar Rule, A concordance of the names in Chola inscriptions, History and society in South India and Ancient to Medieval: South Indian Society in Transition.
  • Awards and Honours: He is recipient of the Padma Shri (2013) for his contributions in building India-Japan ties. Also was awarded with Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize (1995), Japan Academy Prize (2003).

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Former Indian Ambassador to Nepal Bimal Prasad passes away

India’s former Ambassador to Nepal and modern Indian historian Bimal Prasad passed away in New Delhi at the age of 92.

He was a close associate of independence activist, social reformer Jayaprakash Narayan who had pioneered Total Revolution Movement in 1974-75.

About Bimal Prasad

  • Bimal Prasad (born in 1925) was intellectual with socialist inclinations and was known for his postcolonial analysis of the Indian independence movement.
  • Professor: He was professor of South Asian Studies and Dean of School of International Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and also had taught history at Patna University.
  • Ambassador: He was appointed ambassador to Nepal by Prime Minister Chandrashekhar (1991–1995).
  • Books: Prasad had authored a number of books on JP’s philosophy and life including ‘Socialism, Sarvodaya and Democracy‘, ‘Gandhi, Nehru and JP, Studies in Leadership‘ and ‘A Revolutionary’s Quest.’
  • Other offices: He had served as the Chairman of Institute of Gandhian Studies (Varanasi), Director of Gandhi Smriti and Memorial, Honorary Fellow of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) and Honorary Director of Rajendra Prasad Academy (New Delhi).
  • He was also Senior Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies at University of London and Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds.

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