Authored By: Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti
Year of Publication: 2017
|Pages: 202||Binding: Paperback(PB)|
|Price in Rs. 245.00||Price in (USA) $. 19.6|
Majuli is a wonder of nature. Situated in the midst of the mighty Brahmaputra river, Majuli is the largest freshwater river island in the world. There are numerous tribes living in the island, maintaining their folk culture and continuing a tradition that is unique and remarkable. The island is populated by different colourful communities, majority of them abide by the tenets of the Vaishnavite Guru, Saint Srimanta Sankaradeva.
This book titled ‘Majuli: Resources and Challenges’ is an edited volume that gives a comprehensive view of the resources and challenges of Majuli. The book keeps academic rigours but without overlooking the interests of mass readers, thus it aims to reach experts as well as the readers-at-large with interest in Majuli. Not a well-explored theme, Majuli remains largely an unfamiliar terrain for most of the Indians.
The present volume is a collection of research papers from renowned experts, which dwell on the resources and challenges of Majuli. Moreover, Majuli’s efforts for world heritage conservation will be boosted by this book. The contributors of this volume have highlighted the issues, inter alia, Sattras of Majuli and Their Heritage, Living Traditions of Majuli, Majuli’s Case for World Heritage Status, Management of Majuli Island, Protecting Majuli from dominating Brahmaputra, Sustainable Design Solutions for the Mitigation of Flooding and Riverbank Erosion in Majuli Island, Eco-restoration of Majuli Island, Land-use/Land-cover in Majuli (1985-2015), Majuli: A Paradise, Tourism Potential in Majuli.
A researcher of medieval Assamese literature, Dr. Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti has carried out extensive research on the Assamese hagiographies and different aspects of the Sankari culture. He has translated the medieval scripture Nāmghoshā, authored by Madhavadeva, to English and also written a commentary on it. He has credit of translating Srimanta Sankaradeva’s books of hymns Bargît and Gunamālā to English as well. He received Chandrakanta-Hiraprabha Memorial Vaishnavite Literature Award in 2008. An Associate Professor of Economics in A.D.P. College, Dr. Borkakoti has also been a Visiting Professor of Sankaradeva Studies in Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankaradeva Viswavidyalaya.
An avid researcher and writer, Dr. Borkakoti has written many remarkable books, including Sri Sri Sankardeva, Sarvagunakara Srimanta Sankaradeva, Sankaradevar Ekasharana Tattva, Sankaradeva Adhyayanat Bishangati, Place of Srimanta Sankaradeva in All India Perspective, Unique Contributions of Srimanta Sankaradeva in Religion and Culture, SankarîSāhityaāruSanskritirBaishishtya, PurnāngaKathāGurucharit, Strategy for Industrialization, Namghosha: An Oriental Gem, NāmghoshāBhāvārtha, Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankaradeva, Srimanta Sankaradeva : A Multi-faceted Genius and Srimanta Sankaradeva : An Epoch maker. Moreover, he has edited three medieval hagiographies. The Redeemer is his English novel on the life of Srimanta Sankaradeva.
Dr. Borkakoti’s book Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankaradeva was highly appreciated by the experts at Frankfurt Book Fair in 2006. It has been procured by 26 libraries in USA, UK, Canada, Germany etc. Universities of Chicago, Boston, McMaster, Yale, Michigan, Free State, Toronto, Heidelberg etc., have preserved it in their libraries. Beijing Book Fair of 2010 and Seoul Book Fair of 2013 also displayed some of his books. His research works on Sattriya dance was instrumental in this dance form getting national recognition.
Dr. Borkakoti founded the popular Facebook group ‘Followers of Srimanta Sankaradeva’ for dissemination of Srimanta Sankaradeva’s teachings and messages. He is also President of Society for Srimanta Sankaradeva, a very famous institution for spreading Srimanta Sankaradeva’s philosophy. Its official website can be accessed here: www.sankaradeva.com. Dr. Borkakoti’s contact details: Email:firstname.lastname@example.org;Blog: www.borkakoti.blogspot.in; Website: www.drsanjib.net.