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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Book Review: MASHRA Sets Standards with Two Publications


Title: Indigenous People and Politics
Author: Dr. Kelly Ngyah
Publisher: Modern Advocacy Humanitarian Social and Rehabilitation Association (MAHSRA)
Pages: 325
Dr. Kelly’s work is a painstaking research masterpiece that addresses the global situation of Indigenous people and the role of politics, what the author describes as the anthropological perspective of Indigneity through the Human Rights based context of tribal peoples as stipulated in the ILO Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention of 1989. The struggle the author tackles is more sociological and psychosomatic in nature, and is confined within the global context. The book is the result of several years of research and study that highlights the indigenous worries of people the world over and opens a strategic way on how stakeholders could easily enhance policy advocacy with governments (in order to make a breakthrough) with their actions.
In examining the situation of Indigenous people across the globe, the author carves out the world’s indigenous people within measurable regional regrouping dimensions. In the pursuit he overviews the indigenous and ethnic minority peoples’ politico-legal situations in 14 zones (South America, Russia, Central, East and South Asia, Middle East, North America, the Arctic Region, Australia, Eastern, Central, Northern and Southern and Western Africa), which focuses on the situation of 400 indigenous people in 70 different countries.
Dr. Kelly Ngyah’s findings can be amply validated by the following case that appropriately reflects the theme of his book: The Indigniety, Anthropology, Political Trans-nationalism and the analyses of Indigenous peoples outside Africa. And naturally, it is a compilation of the situation of indigenous peoples within Africa; and a summarized cross-sectional comparative study of the presented cases in the earlier parts.
The book touches the issue of belonging, self determination and politics of identification throws more light on the United Nation’s Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People, which is addressed as sub theme equally paints the picture of a baffling realization, as the author accurately portrayed the political, cultural, historical and economic parameters, which define the notion and sentiment of belonging and rights. As to whether it could be very hard to pin down perceptions.
The detailed explanations in the book only goes to authenticate the author’s perspicacity in the treatment of his subject matter (a world worry), and exposes other innovative areas of his research on the Indigenous people. Just like in fame of his earlier publications, the author displays perfect mastery of his subject matter and his sustained interest in indigeneity has certainly qualified him as an authority in the field reasons why a copy would provide the knowledge that would truly empower anyone on both academic and professional bases.



Title: Nations and Community Solidarity
Author: Dr. Kelly Ngyah
Publisher: Modern Advocacy Humanitarian Social and Rehabilitation Association (MAHSRA)
e-version available
In an otherwise optimistic outlook for the world’s hope of achieving the Millennium Development Goals-MDGs, there is some good news in a new book published by MASHRA titled: “Nations and Community Solidarity”. In fact development works best when communities get engage in unison in any process without divergences.
 Nations and Community Solidarity is not just an ordinary book given its general appraisal on how mutually comprehensive relationships between human groupings can be achieved. It goes beyond the artificial boundaries that separate communities into the dark corners of its negative impact to sustain positive actions, livelihood and project implementation. It is a book that looks deeply into the challenges the liberalists of humane concepts and put forth the huge allowances of human freedom (how to deal with) that arises in a nation.
The idea and the vision that Dr. Kelly Ngyah propounds could very well encourage, inspire and shape the choices over certain community binding rules such as the problematic compounded by stakeholders and actors with respect to the possibility of achieving major solidarity focus with large community perception like “the nation”, which is made up several communities.
Still, final decision must come from serious readers who have an open mind to the word “community spirit and solidarity”.  Like many other prolific writers, Dr. Kelly Ngyah in puts across the book his exceptionally visionary driven, practical guide-tool for development actors. The author in this book finds answers to the discomfort of communities within a state with diversified cultures and poses reasons why some development initiatives would flop.  
The nation here is thus faced with a very great task to bring all its smaller and divergent political, cultural, economic, social and scientific communities within its territory, under the same canopy goal of peace and development. The achievement of such a national solidarity purpose can only be possible if the nation should, in partnership and guidance lead collaboration with its intranational as well as the international communities, plan and implement joint development ventures. In this book he had found several answers that do not only make sense to development initiatives, but to any development oriented structure, researcher or actor in search of a good guide to attain his/her goal. Dr. Ngyah developed an insight into how and why the perception of nationalism as an imagined community is consistent in scope and applied context when it comes to “Nations and Community Solidarity”. The ups and downs of nations and community solidarity have been treated as sub themes in the book with the refined conception of citizenship and other national unity symbols including the national flag and emblems giving the nation-State a venerated and autonomous mother community overview.  This means that, the nation holds due overall responsibility to ensure its role in fostering peaceful solidarity amongst the communities under its territorial jurisdiction, but:
1. Is this always the case?
2. If not, should that be the reason why the international community should interfere in the protector privileges that ought to be solely, an autonomous issue for the imagined nation-State community?
3. Can nations within the true practical conception and implementation of their bestowed autonomies and sovereignties be trusted with the safety of their intranational communities?
What do you suggest?
In order to get answers to these worries it primordial and necessary to get an e-version or pdf copy. For more information contact: mahsra.blogspot.com


Who is Dr. Kelly Ngyah

Dr. Kelly Ngyah: CEO MASHRA
Dr. Kelly NGYAH is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Modern Advocacy Humanitarian Social and Rehabilitation Association (MAHSRA) an Organization in Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council - ECOSOC [2013]. He Holds a Professional Status as a Peace Maker. He is endowed with a PhD in Peace and Development; M.Sc. in Peace Studies; MA of Peace in the Domain of Law and International Relations (LL.M); and is currently undergoing research studies for a Master in Theology Program (Th.M.) with Cornerstone University and Theological Seminary Jerusalem - Israel & USA.
He poses as the Founding Father of the Philosophical Concept: CHANCEISM.
In his Bibliographic coffers, he currently plays: Author to 2 United Nations Working Policy Documents including: 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (58CSW); and the Sixth Session Open Working Group for Sustainable Development Goals (OWG/SDGs); Author to an academic manual guide proposed to some State Universities and private higher institutions in Cameroon (A Functional Approach to the digestion and Resolution of Conflicts). Author to 2 ICT database software designs for networking educational and health institutions towards fostering e-governance and improved democracy measures within developing countries (sub-Saharan Africa); Author to 58 Academic and Organizational working papers towards fostering global peace initiatives; Author and Director to 5 musical albums and a short movie for positive human development and peace building goals; Author to over 100poems which promote peace, love and environmental well-being. To Add, his dynamic and ever growing personality is strongly founded and endorsed based on his strong respect for positive moral values, his believe in the affinity of three existential ideals which he calls the 3Ls (Light, Love and Life), and which within his Chanceist philosophy, he duly institutes them as key to human existence and achievement within the absolutist positions of 'God-Value-Man'. In further confirmation of Dr. NGYAH's dynamic uniqueness, he is additional bestowed with professional trainings in the fields of: conflict analysis, negotiation and conflict management, Interfaith Conflict Resolution, Project Management, Audio-visual Editing and Graphics, and Marketing.




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