Abraham Lotha releases new book ‘The Hornbill Spirit’
DIMAPUR, AUGUST 20: A book described by the publisher of Heritage Publishing House, Dr. Lanusangla Tzudir, as “groundwork for a better orientation of our political struggle” for the younger generation of Nagas, was released here today in Dimapur.
The book, entitled “The Hornbill Spirit”, has been written by the Naga anthropologist, Fr. Abraham Lotha. ‘The Hornbill Spirit’ is his third publication after ‘History of Naga Anthropology’ and ‘The Raging Mithun.’
At the release of the book on Saturday at the Elim Hall of Dimapur Ao Baptist Arogo, Lotha said that the purpose of the book was not to “give solution” but “guidance” towards understanding Naga nationalism.The hornbill in the book’s title, he shared, represents a different perspective given expression in the chapters inside – a bird’s eye view that that sees Naga nationalism in a “holistic perspective”. Also the bird’s ultraviolet vision was a metaphor to the “another light” through which both India and the Nagas must see the Naga political issue, not just through the naked eye, he explained.
Parliamentary Secretary of Labour and Employment, Skill Development and Border Affairs, Mhonlumo Kikon – after releasing the book – shared that the book “corrects the wrongs of many scholars”, who have painted a picture of the Naga political issue “which is not true”.
“This book is devoid of propaganda. It is more objective,” Kikon said while sharing that he has already read the contents of the book. According to him, one of the key features of the book was that it puts the “everyday challenges of every Naga into historical perspective”.
‘The Hornbill Spirit’ will be available at Heritage Publishing House, Modern Book Depot, Books and Books, Christian Literature Centre – in Dimapur. The book will be available in Kohima at Crossword and Cornerstone Book Shop.
In Chumukedima, it will be sold at Isa Gospel Books and in Mokokchung, Eastern Book Depot. It will also be available in the e-commerce portal www.ilandlo.com.