Kamei Beeju’s critical analysis of the women street vendors in Longmai, Nungba, Tamei and Tamenglong main town reveals an uncanny similarity with the struggles and sufferings of similar women across the state and their fight for justice, observed Homen Thangjam from the Department of Political Science & Human Rights, IGNTU-RCM. Soihiamlung Dangmei, Head of Department of Sociology, IGNTU-RCM, stated, “Reading such works on Rani Gaindinliu and great leaders is a key to gain wisdom and empower people”.
A book release function was held at the Conference Hall of the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Regional Campus Manipur (IGNTU-RCM) on Friday. The programme was organised by the Department of Social Work, IGNTU-RCM.
Two books authored by Kamei Beeju of the department were released during the function. Prof. Ng. Ngalengnam, Director, IGNTU-RCM graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and Sanjay Das, Head of Department of Computer Science, IGNTU-RCM presided over the
While introducing her first book, “Bold and Beautiful Haipei Rani Gaindinliu” (New Delhi: Sunmarg, 2022), Kamei stated, “The book explores the legacy of Rani Gaindinliu in terms of her valiant struggles for the Naga people’s independence and the cause of the
Zeliangrong”. She added that the Rani stands as an ultimate symbol of hope and inspiration for the struggling people across the world.
Regarding her second book titled, “Women Street Vendors and Livelihood of Zelianrong Nagas in Manipur” (New Delhi: Sunmarg, 2022), the author remarked that the book was an outcome of a research project sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Science and Research, New Delhi. The work largely focuses on women street vendors in Tamenglong District of Manipur. She observed, “The Zeliangrong women like their counterpart sisters in Manipur have been shouldering the responsibility of providing sustenance to their families for ages”. She added, “The uniqueness of Zeliangrong women is the courageous attitude and hard working nature imbibed since time immemorial”.
In his review of the first book, Soihiamlung Dangmei, Head of Department of Sociology, IGNTU-RCM, stated, “Reading such works on great leaders is a key to gain wisdom and empower people”. He appreciated the scholarly contribution of Kamei Beeju in an evolving
critique of the great leader and observed that “scholars, academicians, and the general public would immensely benefit from the new insights provided by Oja Kamei”.
Dr. Homen Thangjam from the Department of Political Science & Human Rights, IGNTU-RCM appreciated Dr. Kamei’s path breaking micro-level study of the pain and pleasure as well as desperation and hope of the women street vendors in Tamenglong. He added, “Her critical analysis of the women street vendors in Longmai, Nungba, Tamei and Tamenglong main town reveals an uncanny similarity with the struggles and sufferings of similar women across the state and their fight for justice”. Dr. Thangjam concluded that the book is an important contribution not only towards understanding livelihood issues in far-away hill areas but also an unbiased take on gender injustice.
Prof. Ng. Ngalengnam expressed that books are the inerasable footprints of authors which future generations would certainly cherish and follow. He appreciated Dr. Kamei’s efforts and remarked that “she will continue to serve the nation by bringing out such valuable works”. In his presidential address, Prof. Sanjay Das appreciated Dr. Kamei’s relentless contribution to the knowledge domain and also showed his gratitude to her for encouraging reading habit amongst the people irrespective of disciplines by bringing out such works.