A non-MNF perspective: Dr C Lalawmpuia Vanchiau unveils revised edition of his acclaimed book on Mizoram’s insurgency era.
Aizawl: Troubled times have often served as fertile ground for the creation of great literature. Throughout history, periods of turmoil, conflict, and social unrest have provided writers with inspiration to explore profound themes and articulate the human experience in compelling ways. In the face of adversity, authors have drawn upon their observations, emotions, and reflections to produce works that resonate deeply with readers.
Rambuai literature holds a position in Mizoram similar to that of Partition literature in India. Rambuai, which translates to ‘troubled times’, refers to the period of insurgency in Mizoram from 1966 to 1986, characterised by an independence movement led by the Mizo National Front.
Within the realm of Rambuai, a rich collection of literature has emerged, encompassing both fiction and non-fiction works, as well as songs. The majority of these literary works have been centred around the narratives of the MNF.
Dr C Lalawmpuia Vanchiau, then a young post-graduate in English literature from the University of Hyderabad, recognised the pressing need to broaden our comprehension of the insurgency period in Mizoram. He sought to provide a comprehensive account from a non-MNF perspective, aiming to challenge the one-sided view prevalent at that time.
“Changing our perspective on Rambuai and overcoming the limitations of a biased viewpoint was a formidable task,” said Vanchiau, author of the non-fiction book Rambuai Literature, an indepth study on the Mizoram Rambuai.
After a span of nine years since its initial publication, Vanchiau proudly unveiled the revised and enlarged edition of his book at the charming Book Cafe in Aizawl, on Friday (July 14).
“I am delighted to find that my book had become a valuable resource for research in esteemed academic institutions such as the School of Humanities, the School of Social Sciences, and the Mass Communication departments at Mizoram University.
“It was heartening to learn that research scholars from renowned Indian universities such as JNU, DU, and my cherished alma mater, the University of Hyderabad, had also turned to my book for their scholarly pursuits. Beyond my wildest dreams, my book has even found a place in the hallowed corners of the Harvard University library,” Vanchiau expressed with genuine amazement.
“Initially, I had no intentions of revising or expanding my book. However, over the course of these nine years, numerous publications on Mizoram Rambuai have emerged. This compelled me to incorporate additional updates into my book,” he shared.
Dr Malsawmliana (right) unveils the book at Book Cafe on Friday with the author on his right.