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James Dokhuma (1932-2007 )

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James Dokhuma (1932-2007 )

James Dokhuma is a Mizo poet, short story writer, dramatist, novelist, essayist, historian and journalist.
The government of Mizoram bestowed him with the title “father of Mizo Lexicography” in 1971. He was awarded the Padmashree by the Government of India in 1985 for his contribution in the field of literature.

Life of James Dokhuma

James DokhumaJames Dokhuma was born on June 15, 1932 in Sialsuk. He was born to Scrangchechina and Katkungi in a peasant family.  He had studied till class V during his three years in jail. He also completed a military certificate course.   He was the principal architect of the Mizo National Front. He lived underground in the early 1960s. He was jailed for separatist activities in August 1969. He died on 2007. Before his death he said, “My message to people who belong to underground movements like the ULFA and the Naxalite movement is that they should bid farewell to arms and merge with national mainstream, instead of fighting alone.”

Literary Career of James Dokhuma

James Dokhuma is a former insurgent from Mizoram. He has written over 30 books. His works include poetry, short stories, drama, novels, autobiographies, histories, essays and travelogues. He has published a book on Mizo idioms and phrases. The government of Mizoram bestowed him with the title “father of Mizo Lexicography” in 1971. His notable works include Khawhar In, Aizawl, 1990 (House of Mourning), Hmanlai Mizo kalphung, Aizawl, 1992 (Mizo history), An Va Hlu Em: Thilnung Tinreng, Aizawl, 1999 (Full Mooon), ka Thilnung Tinreng, Aizawl, 1996 (My poems).

Awards and Honours of James Dokhuma

The government of Mizoram bestowed him with the title “father of Mizo Lexicography” in 1971.
He was awarded the Padmashree by the Government of India in 1985 for his contribution in the field of literature. He was awarded the Bhasha Sanman, Academy Awards and Mizo Academy Awards for best writer of the year.
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