A insurgent turned politician, former Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga has donned a brand new avatar — that of a bestselling author.

The 72-year-old’s first printed ebook, Mizo Hnam Motion Historical past (Historical past of the Mizo Nationalism Motion), has been bought out inside every week of its launch.

The ebook in Mizo language offers with Mizoram’s historical past from the British interval to the rise of nationalism (or secessionist) motion in 1966 and signing of the Mizo peace accord in 1986.

“We launched the ebook on March 7, and all 10,000 copies of it have been bought out inside every week. There may be such an enormous demand {that a} second version of 5,000 copies is being printed,” Zoramthanga advised Hindustan Instances.

Mizoram has a inhabitants of practically 1.1 million (2011 census), and books getting bought in such enormous numbers is a rarity within the northeastern state.

There may be demand for the ebook in Manipur and neighbouring Myanmar too.

“There aren’t any books detailing the Mizo Nationwide Entrance (MNF)-led nationalism motion. Individuals used to ask me about it and because it wasn’t straightforward to clarify the whole lot in 25-Half-hour, I resolve to pen the ebook,” he mentioned.

Though he was busy writing his autobiography, Zoramthanga stopped it after 33 chapters, and began scripting this ebook in September final yr. He accomplished it inside 4 months and printed it himself.

The primary version has 40 chapters unfold over 226 pages and is priced at Rs 150. A couple of extra pages will likely be added to the second version.

“All the pieces talked about within the ebook has been taken from my diaries, which I’ve maintained for 41 years. Because it offers with historical past, I’ve written it in third particular person,” he mentioned.

The ebook is being translated into English and is prone to be launched throughout India in a few months.

“We’re busy printing the second version. The recognition of the ebook may very well be as a result of it offers with a vital chapter in Mizoram’s historical past,” mentioned Bibhash Dev of Guwahati-based Bhabani Printers, which printed the ebook.

Zoramthanga was second in command to Laldenga, who led the Mizo motion. After the 1986 accord, the MNF joined the political mainstream and he turned chief minister for 2 phrases between 1998 and 2008.

The ebook incorporates a number of anecdotes of the MNF cadres, together with how Laldenga and Zoramthanga have been flown to Pakistan from Myanmar by the Inter-Companies Intelligence (ISI) and their assembly with then Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

It additionally recounts how peace negations between the MNF and the Centre started in 1974 with the Analysis and Evaluation Wing (RAW) performing as a hyperlink. Zoramthanga additionally mentions how he managed to present RAW sleuths the slip as soon as in Delhi.

“Because it was a historical past ebook, I disregarded many incidents. My autobiography, which will likely be written in first particular person, will likely be rather more fascinating,” he mentioned.

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