Civil societies and political parties from Mizoram have endorsed “political solution” for the Zo people of Manipur by voicing their concerns over the ongoing peace talks between Naga militant group – National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) and the Central government of India.
President of Central Young Mizo Association, Mizoram Upa Pawl, Mizo Hmeichhe Insuihkhawm Pawl, Mizo Zirlai Pawl, Mizo Students’ Union, Zo Re-Unification Organization, Bharatiya Janata Party – Mizoram, Indian National Congress, Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee, Mizo National Front, Mizoram People’s Conference and Zoram Nationalist Party, in a letter submitted to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Indo-Naga Peace Talks should not be finalised without consulting the Zo tribes of Southern Manipur, in the adjoining areas of Mizoram.
The memorandum titled “Prayer for a Sustainable and Acceptable Political Solution for the indigenous Zo people (Chin-Kuki-Mizo/Zomi) in present Manipur” was submitted by leaders of various political parties and civil societies on July 13. Sources said that leaders from both the Joint Action Committee Against Anti-Tribal Bills (JAC-AATB), Manipur and their counterpart from Mizoram were currently camping in New Delhi, to meet Union Ministers of the Central government.
By signing the Naga Peace Accord on August 15, 2015, NSCN(IM) leader Thuingaleng Muivah has a bigger plan to carve out ‘Nagalim’ from the present Manipur. The southern part of Manipur has a huge population of Chin-Kuki-Mizo or Zomi, which includes various ethnic groups like Paite, Thadou-Kuki, Hmar, Gangte, Mizo, Simte, Thangkhal, Baite, Vaiphei, etc.
The indigenous Zo tribes of Manipur does not accept ‘Naga’ as their nomenclature, but recognised themselves either as Kuki, Zomi or Mizo.
It is not the first time that Mizoram has voiced its concerns about their brethren in Manipur. During the political crisis following the passing of three anti-tribal bills on August 31, 2015, various civil societies and leaders from Mizoram had condemned the Congress led Manipur government for introducing the bills, which was purely controversial till date.
Soon after the new government under N Biren Singh signed a historic agreement with the Joint Action Committee, peace and political stability is seen in Manipur, particularly in the hills of Churachandpur. But the Zo tribes worried about the contents of Naga Framework Agreement and the ongoing Indo-Naga Peace talks. Not only the Zo tribes, various Imphal based organisations have also voice their concerns about the “secret agreement.”
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MLA urges Keitum Locality to keep Mizo wedding traditions alive
Hrangturzo constituent MLA, Vanlallawmpuii Chawngthu urged Keitum locality to guide their daughters and grand daughters to choose a Mizo lad for their partner. She was speaking during the commemoration of ‘Keitum Branch Platinum Jubilee’ at Keitum community hall.
Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Vanlallawmpuii highlighted the importance of YMA (Young Mizo Association and stated that Mizos were lucky to have YMA, which was not found among other ethnic groups.
She also said that unlike other Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), every Mizos can be registered in this organisation, and every single Mizo is welcome to be part of the YMA.
Meanwhile, she highlighted the objectives of YMA and further stated that Mizos must lead an exemplary life. “YMA is for Mizoram and the Mizos, let us carry on the Samaritan work for the community,” she said.
In the meantime, she recalled one of the significant character of YMA – ‘Tlawmngaihna’ (Selflessness, Kindness etc) and urged the attendees not to be proud and also not to expect any appreciation for their tlawmngaihna, but to continue the Samaritan act. The Chief Guest further said it is important that youth today should learn a lesson to respect the elders, and they must learn something from other ethnic groups who have good moral character besides respecting their elders.
Chawngthu extended her appreciation towards YMA and highlighted the community works done by YMA in eradicating abusive substances among the community, and their support towards government programmes.
Hrangturzo constituent MLA also stated that Mizos were blessed with beauty but fall short on having aim in life. She further encouraged Keitum locality to have aim-in-life and pursue it with strong determination and hard work.
She highlighted the importance of education and urged the locality to give special importance to it. The MLA requested the attendees to have a nationalism feeling and to keep Mizo wedding traditions alive.
Khawzawl group YMA and PHED organised awareness campaign
PHE Watsan Division, Khawzawl and Khawzawl Group YMA jointly organized Awareness Campaign with regards of cleanliness on Saturday at Khawzawl Zaingel YMA Hall in which PHE Engineer Chief Lalmuanzova grace the function as Chief Guest.
PHE WATSAN Division, Khawzawl Executive Engineer Lalzakhama conducted the Awareness Campaign where PHE E-inChief Lalmuanzova stress on cleanliness and urged the Khawzawl Group YMA to drive the campaign so as heard success story regard this matter.
Further PHE urged people to give interest on cleanliness and health.
Meanwhile, Khawzawl Group YMA President P.C. Rosiama also delivered keynote address on this occasion, express his gratitude towards PHE department taking initiatives on provide safe drinking water and made programme to distribute awards to Central YMA for Khawzawl Group YMA.
The Awareness campaign programme was attended by Lalrothanga, Director, CCDU, 20 Branch representatives from Khawzawl Group YMA, Village council member, NGO representatives and government Department Head also amongst other.
Dr Thangtea allegedly accuse the congress of copying MNF policy
Mizo National Front Vice President and MNF Programme and Policy Committee Chairman Dr. R. Lalthangliana visited Khawlailung, Piler, Bungtlang, Thenzawl and Thiak on the 29th and 30th of June, 2017 and organized training and introduction programme for Socio-Economic Development Policy.
He also inducted fifty-three (53) voters at Bungtlang village on Thursday.
Addressing the meeting in different places, Dr. Thangtea slammed out on Congress and said that due to improper conduct of New Land Use Policy by Congress, Mizoram has been in financial problem for 9 years.
He also allegedly accused the Congress government of distributing NLUP from the people’s share and said that this is why there is a decrease in cash flowing around the state.
He further said that the government have no money, different businesses and even in Bazaar there is shortage of cash. Which eventually lead to bad roads, he added.
Meanwhile, Dr. Thangtea said that when we launched SEDP, there won’t be a government servant who has nothing to do and also there won’t be such saying as shortage of funds or cash. Slamming hard on Congress, he stated that congress has fail with their NLUP project and now introduced New Economic Development Policy (NEDP).
He further accused the Congress of copying MNF’s SEDP and said that they change on alphabet .ie. S is replaced by N and called it NEDP.
He also said that in SEDP, we used decentralization of power i.e. empower Village Council, District Council etc., with more power and authority.
Hitting out on Congress he said that Congress NEDP applies only in self-sufficient of food while SEDP touches every corner, from self-sufficiency of food to the alleviation of every family economically and create a sustainable economy in the state.
SEDP drafting committee members Dr. Vanlaltanpuia and Dr. C. Lalsangzuala also gave a power-point presentation on SEDP in every venue.