ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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A Personal Loss

To the people of north-east India and to a wide circle of friends and associates B K Roy Burman will remain one person who stood for the identity of the tribals and other people of north-east India. He would be remembered not merely as an anthropologist, but also as a person who influenced the events in this strife-torn region. His demise on 25 June 2012 at the age of 92 saw the end of a life full of initiatives and adventures.

Earlier, on the occasion of his 65th birthday, in September 1987, a collection of essays was brought out which amply displayed his multifaceted life. Writing the foreword to that publication (Social Science and Social Concern, Mittal Publications, 1988) Kamala Devi Chattopadhyay mentioned Roy Burman’s association with the Institute of People’s Action (IPA), located at a Naga village at Awang Khul in Tamenglong district of Manipur and how she observed the participation of the tribals in the project to be complete and uninhibited. It was this one quality of Roy Burman, that he could always ­attract the spontaneous and enthusiastic involvement of anyone he came across. I was associated closely with him in the formation and development of the Institute of People’s Action.

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