Manipur Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla on Friday released a book titled “Making of a General – A Himalayan Echo” authored by (Redt) Lt. Gen. Konsam Himalay Singh, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM through virtual mode at Durbar Hall of Raj Bhavan, Imphal.
Speaking at the book releasing function, Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla said that besides discharging his responsibilities with dignified courage, Lt. Gen. Himalay has made the Indian Army pride of the nation. “His book conveys his dream and his views. The fact that his book is sought after is an indication that he has indeed ignited India’s young and thinking minds with his dream and his message,” the Governor said.
The Governor then stated that the book is a book on him, not by him. “Yet, in its own way, it reinforces the ideals that Lt. Gen. Himalay has stood for and the concerns that he has been voicing. The book highlights Manipur, the ‘Land of Emeralds’, the Governor said. On the other hand, this State is known as ‘Unexplored Paradise’, she added.
Most fascinatingly, the author has highlighted the memories of his childhood years and now has contrasted the same with the present day Manipur as he saw earlier. The Governor is hopeful that any reader will find the author’s perspective on nation-building enterprise in the State of Manipur in the light of multitude of issues including the ethnic conflicts in the region and has provided his view of how things could be.
The chapter on the Kargil War and the author’s tour of duty in the Siachen Glacier, the highest battlefield in the world, the LOC and LAC days in various capacities is an illustration that is replete with pride, vigour and honour. The book elegantly summons the essence and imperatives of superior command of one of the most formidable forces in the world.
Before releasing, the book was reviewed by Pradip Phanjoubam, senior journalist and editor of Imphal Review of Arts and Politics.
Mentioned may be made that earlier, Himalaya also has authored a book titled Romancing the LOC.
The book releasing function was also attended by Shri Radhabinod Koijam, Former CM, I. Hemochandra, former minister, Prof. Amar Yumnam, Vice Chancellor, MU, Prof. Behari among others.