Rajnath Singh Releases Dr Rita Chowdhury’s Books and Documentary – From The North East Trailblazed
“The Divided Soul” and “Makam”, a Coffee Table Book and a novel respectively on the sufferings and pains of the Indian Chinese, especially the Assamese Chinese during Sino-Indian War, 1962, written by prominent writer Dr. Rita Chowdhury and a documentary “War and Tears” on the same subject directed by the author were released by Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Releasing the two books and the documentary at the full-packed auditorium of the Dy. Speaker of the Parliament, Home Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the author Dr. Rita Chowdhury for her remarkable efforts and extraordinary creative works to bring to light the much-neglected issue of the wrongs done to the Indian Chinese especially the Assamese Chinese during the 1962 war.
Singh appreciated Dr. Rita Chowdhury for her great struggle for the rights of these people and assured that he would offer help in any initiative taken for these people so that they can go to see their families in China.
Singh stated that in spite of the border dispute, both India and China are keen to have good ties.
The Home Minister said that though in the 20th century India and China had gone to war, his understanding was that China today wanted good ties with India. Both countries wanted to resolve the border dispute, he added.
“We can change our friends, but we cannot change our neighbours,” Singh said. The Home Minister also recalled the contributions of Indian doctors during the China-Japan war.
Speaking on the occasion, author Dr. Rita Chowdhury stated that that was the last part of her mission for those much-neglected Indian Chinese people. The release of the books and the documentary will bring the reality to the world and they will judge that historic episode according to their conscience. “The Sino-Indian conflict of 1962 led to displacement of people. I had started the journey years back and it’s almost a decade now . When I first met these people, I witnessed their sufferings and pains. That induced me to undertake the projects of the novel, the coffee table book and the documentary to unfold the true stories in front of the world.” Dr Choudhury stated.
It is worth mentioning that the two books and the documentary have been published and produced by The Pangea House, New Delhi. Welcoming the audience, Ms Kristie Kashyap from The Pangea House said that the motto of the Pangea House is to uphold the very idea of one world against the breaking apart of home, heart and humanity and that exactly fits with the projects of Dr Chowdhury.