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Mark Tully releases “Troubled Periphery: Crisis of India’s North East”

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Legendary BBC journalist Sir Mark Tully, Padma Shri and Padma Bhusan and Knight of the Round Table, launched Subir Bhaumik’s latest book” Troubled Periphery: Crisis of India’s North East” published by Sage at the Calcutta British Council in a ceremony , in which 90 invitees, including top diplomats and Calcutta personalities attended. Despite pouring rain, they all turned up. Former British minister Ian Macartney, US consul-general Beth Payne, UK deputy high commissioner Sanjay Wadhwani, Chinese consul-general Mao Siwei and many other diplomats joined in. Tripura Rajmata Bibhu Devi was also present and asked questions. The programme ran for two hours with a lively interactive session after Sir Mark and Subir Bhaumik had made their presentations. All honoured guests were felicitated with traditional Asomiya Ghamochas . Sage vice-president Sugato Ghosh said Bhaumik’s book is a must read for all Indians interested to understand the complexities of Northeast — and fior all Northeasterners to understand their own problems and the region around them.

Subir Bhaumik is the BBC’s Eastern India Correspondent based in Calcutta. He was a Queen Elizabeth House Fellow at Oxford University (1989-90) and is author of “Insurgent Crossfire”, a definitive investigation on “proxy wars” of South Asia. He has worked for Time and Reuters, and before that for the Press Trust of India and the Calcutta-based Ananda Bazar Patrika. Subir has covered India’s troubled North East and written extensively on Burma, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

Subhamay Bhattacharjee (assamphoto@yahoo.com)