The Release of two new books on Manjhis by Joseph Velamkunnel


The Honourable Minister Sri Jeetan Manjhi officially released two books of Fr. Joseph Velamkunnel on 27th August, 2013, during a meeting of the Manjhi leaders and social activists, at Navajyoti Niketan, in the presence of many distinguished guests . Other ministers, Assembly speaker, Mr.Uday Narana Chaoudhary, Padma Sree Sudha Varghese, Fr. Amal Raj, etc. graced the occasion. One of the books, Musahar Musings, was already in circulation since a few months. This book contains experiences of achievements of the Musahars, told in the form of stories.

The new book March of the Manjhis and the Discovery of their Original Face portrays the grim realities of their dehumanization at various levels of life. The contours of their Original Face got distorted through socio-cultural exploitations. Various agencies are engaged in a process of reconstruction of the Original face. Mathan, a social action centre of the Patna Jesuits, is one such organization. A detailed study of the activities of Manthan for empowerment of the Manjhis/Musahars is given in the book. The book concludes with some exploration into the divine dimension of such human activities.