Vale of Tears, authored by John S Shilshi, a retired IPS officer of Manipur cadre, tells stories about chilling incidents of Manipur during the 1990s – by far the most violent phase in Manipur’s conflict history, is now available online. In this book, the author tries to revisit incidents where innocent lives suffered as victims of force excesses during the communal and ethnic clashes of that period.
Vale of Tears – Untold stories of violence in Manipur is the author’s keeping of record of sorts, of the 1990s, the way he saw ethnic clashes on ground as a police officer. The author is a recipient of three Gallantry Medals, a Medal for Meritorious Service, and a Medal for Distinguished Service from the President of India. The foreword of the book which serves to introduce John’s first hand account is given by Pradip Phanjoubam.
The book has received massive response. This is what a reader had to say about the book. “The “Vale of Tears” is a real life narrative as experienced on day to day basis pertaining to socio-politico via-a-vis law and order pandemic in Manipur. I was fortunate to read in parts as the writing was in progress. The book is now in public domain. I have no doubt that It would provoke thought processes of policy makers, the commission and omission on dealing with the pandemic in the state thus far and accordingly viable solution to the problem could be strategized and augmented. It short, solution to the pandemic lies behind the vale of tears”.
For interested book readers copy of this book is available on Amazon but the author has highlighted a technical glitch ordering through Amazon. But this may depend from where you are ordering. For a safe bet, readers may make use of the link from the publisher’s – Bluerose Publishers which would be faster compared to getting from Amazon. But again Location is key here.