Another feather added to BSF chief's crown

SILCHAR: An excellent writer and outstanding poet Manohar Lal Batham, BSF deputy inspector general, serving in Mizoram and Cachar Frontier, has been awarded by the President with the "President Police Medal for Distinguished Service" on the occasion of Independence Day for his outstanding service in his 35-years career with the BSF. In BSF, only five officers have been awarded with this prestigious medal (PPMDS), out of which only one has been awarded from the northeast. Last month, the BSF DIG was award by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for his book titled "Astitva Ka Sankat Aur Manvadhikar" (Crisis of Survival and Human Rights). The committee constituted by NHRC, for selecting outstanding books to give biennial awards for original writing in Hindi on human rights had selected Batham's book for the prize, which also consisted a cash award of Rs 40,000. An expert on human rights, border management and anti militancy operations issues, Batham has also been awarded with Govindvallabh Pant, Indira Gandhi Raj Bhasha and many other awards for his write-ups. In the year 2005, his famous book 'Sarhad Se' was published and praised by all in the world of Hindi literature. This book has been translated and published in more than a dozen national languages.