AIZAWL, Dec 10: Joy L Pachuau, a professor in Centre for Historical Studies, JNU, has been awarded the Mizo Award. She is the third recipient of the prestigious award instituted by Mizoram’s largest vernacular daily Vanglaini. Mizo Award is given to exemplary people in different fields politics, social work, academics, etc. This year, the award board has selected Joy L Pachuau to receive the award, in recognition of the excellent achievements she has made in the field of academy, Vanglaini Editor K Sapdanga said. Former Chief Minister Brig T Sailo and social worker Sangthankima, father of TNT Centre, a home for orphans, drug addicts and mentally-challenged persons, were the former recipients of the award. 

During the award ceremony at Berawtlang tourist centre on Saturday, the former recipient Sangthankima handed over the award to Pachuau. The award carries Rs 2 lakh in cash. Pachuau, an alumnus of University of Oxford, is the author of ‘Being Mizo,’ the first detailed ethnographic work on the Mizos in post-independence India, that focuses on contemporary issues such as perceptions and identity formation in the context of North East. The book has been awarded Sneh Mahajan Prize for the Best Book (2012- 14) in Modern Indian History by Indian History Congress. She has also co-authored ‘Christianity in India: Issues of Culture, Power and Knowledge’, with Tanika Sarkar and Pius Malekandathil and ‘The Camera as Witness A Social History of Mizoram’ with Willem van Schendel. She also has a good number of published journal articles to her credits. -Assam Tribune

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