DIBRUGARH, Nov 24 - The 36th session of the North East India History Association was held in Mizoram Central University, Aizawl, from November 18 to 20 with about 1,300 life members from the Northeast, as well as representatives from the rest of the country as also foreign nations like Japan, Bangladesh, United Kingdom, the USA and Germany taking part in the deliberations, a press release stated.
The North East India History Association is a research and academic organisation which devotes itself to studying and doing research on various aspects of the Northeast like ethnicity, history, culture, economy, society, polity, etc.
Dr Ramesh Kalita, a noted historian of Assam, took charge as the president from the outgoing president, Professor Jitendra Kumar Singh, former Dean of Manipur Central University, and delivered the presidential address.
Besides releasing the proceeding volume of the 35th session held at Gargaon College of Assam in 2014, about 70 research papers were presented by scholars from all over the country in the three-day session on various topics of their research findings on the Northeast.
The 8th Professor Herambakanta Barpujari Endowment Lecture was delivered by Professor Sristidhar Dutta, former professor and head, Department of History and former Dean, Rajiv Gandhi Central University, Itanagar and a noted historian of the Northeast on the subject �Mayamara Vaishnavism to Moamoriya rebellion�.
In his lecture, Professor Dutta dwelt upon the emergence of Mayamara Vaishnavism founded by one of the most important religious-social reformers of medieval Assam, Sri Sri Aniruddhadeva within the orbit of neo Vaishnavism founded and propagated by Mahapurush Srimanta Sankaradeva, up to the Moamariya Rebellion with assessment on its historical nature.
The three-day conference, which was inaugurated by the vice-chancellor of Mizoram Central University on the opening day, concluded with a general meeting on November 20 with a decision to hold the 37th session of the association in Sikkim, the release added.