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OCMS scholar Kethoser Aniu Kevichusa’s Book Won Gordon Graham Prize for Naga Literature

Aniu’s OCMS thesis-converted book, Forgiveness and Politics, has won the first Gordon Graham Prize for Naga Literature (under non-fiction category), given by the UK trust, the Kohima Educational Trust (KET), and its sister society in Nagaland, the Kohima Educational Society (KES) http://www.easternmirrornagaland.com/easterine-kire-kethoser-kevichusa-win-naga-literature-award/.

The winner of the fiction category is the internationally known author Easterine Kire. (https://www.icorn.org/article/easterine-kire-wins-book-year-prize-prestigious-tataliterature-live-awards).  The Award is named after World War II veteran of the Battle of Kohima, publisher, former president of Publishers’ Association, and founder of KET/KES, Gordon Graham. His story can be found at https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/11651970/Gordon-Graham-publisher-obituary.html.  The Battle of Kohima has, by the way, been voted “Britain’s Greatest Battle." (https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-battles/victory-over-japanese-at-kohima-named-britains-greatest-battle-idUKBRE93K03220130421). Under the initiative of Gordon Graham, the KET/KES was founded in 2005 by British veterans of the Battle as a “debt of honour” to the Nagas who helped them during the Battle. (http://www.kohimaeducationaltrust.net/about.htm)

According to a notification from the KET/KES, “The Prize was instituted in order to recognise and reward the Knowledge-keepers and Idea-givers in Naga society and to encourage and promote reading and writing within the Naga community. It is intended to give visibility to rational discourse in society and to help bring the thinking elements in Naga society to play a more effective role in the larger life of the community and society.”

Aniu received the Award from the Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio, and Sylvia May, the CEO of the Kohima Educational Trust (UK) on Tuesday, April 9. 

In his email to OCMS, Aniu wrote, “I want to thank OCMS again and want to share the honour of this award with you! I give God the glory!”


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