Amar Chitra Katha publications banned in Manipur over Paona Brajabasi description


Imphal: The Joint Students’ Coordination Committee (JSCC),  a conglomeration of student organisations in Manipur, has imposed a ban on selling of books published by the Amar Chitra Katha in Manipur after setting ablaze photo copies of the cover of a comic book titled “Tribal Leaders of the Freedom”.

The student committee alleged Amar Chitra Katha of false portraying of Manipur’s hero Paona Brajabasi as a tribal leader of Indian freedom struggle in the comic book.

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The JSCC comprises of AMSU, MSF, KSA and SUK. The protest was held at the head office campus of KSA at Khuyathong, Imphal West.

The comic book was published by Amar Chitra Katha under the ministry of culture in connection with the 75th year of India’s independence.

Convenor of the JSCC S. Bidyananda told reporters that Paona Brajabasi was a war hero of Manipur who laid down his life in the Anglo-Manipur War of 1891 and his patriotic act is no related with the freedom movement of India as Manipur was merged to the Union of India in 1949.

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“Portraying Paona Brajabasi as a tribal freedom fighter of India is an act of misleading the significant history of Manipur,” he added.

The student committee demands apology to the people of Manipur by the publisher and the writer.

It appealed to all the bookstores not to sell any Amar Chitra Katha publications and urged the public to refrain from reading the books.


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