The government of Manipur has assembled a 15-person committee to evaluate the accuracy of books about Manipur History and Tradition. Committee members consist of the state education minister, the chancellors of many different universities, historians, and other prominent figures with a thorough knowledge of the state’s cultural heritage.
The committee will not only look over content that has been published, but to have anything published, the authors first have to ask for approval from the committee.
Those wishing to publish books on the history, culture, tradition, and geography of Manipur will be required to submit an application to the Director of Higher Education. A copy of the manuscript must also be submitted.
Authors’ letters will be reviewed by this committee, and the book will only be published if the committee approves it.
Speaking to News18, the chief minister of Manipur, N. Biren Singh, says that various people come up with books, in which distorted facts are being seen.
If this person doesn’t follow these new rules, he will have to deal with the law.
Insiders from the administrative body say that Manipur is a sensitive region and any distorted portrayal of culture-related practices leads to public unrest. These insiders have also said there is a growing trend of developing unrest within one part of the public.
Though some were against this and said it violated a right to freedom of speech, the administration is passing the order regardless.
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