Dimapur, December 6 (NE): Dr.Easterine Kire a well-known award winning Naga poet and author delivered the third Dr.Chandran Devanesan Endowment Lecture on December four at Madras Christian College, Chennai, organised by the Department of History. She spoke on ” unwritten history, a people’s story unveiled”.
In a press release, it stated that Dr.Chandran Devanesan was the first Indian Principal of the Madras Christian College (MCC). The MCC is an arts and Science college based in Chennai. Consistently ranked among the top ten colleges in India, it is considered to be one of the most prestigious colleges in India. Founded in 1837, MCC is one of Asia’s oldest extant colleges. Dr.Chandran Devanesan was also the first Vice Chancellor of the North East Hill University, Shillong.
While delivering the lecture Dr.Easterine Kire narrated some of the unwritten history of the British and Japanese soldiers during the World War II in Nagaland. She also shared about how an Indian Air Force officer experienced the hospitality of the Naga freedom fighters when his fighter jet was shot down in Naga hills. But she lamented the stereotyping of the Nagas in the bad light by various outsiders over the years. She also encouraged the people to visit Northeast India without fear to enjoy the great hospitality of the people in the region. She concluded the lecture with a Naga folk song.
The programme was moderated by Marilyn Gracey Augustine. Hundreds of students and teachers attended the programme. Prof.Dr.Surendran purushotham Head of Department of History, Dr. Dayalan Devanesan, son of Dr. Chandran Devanesan and Pastor Wapangtoshi NCF Chennai who is also the President of the North East India Welfare Association Chennai were present on the occasion.