Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga reiterated on Sunday that the political objective of the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) for over 60 years has been the unification of all Mizo inhabited areas into a single administration.
During an interview with a TV reporter regarding the demand for a separate administration from Manipur by the Kuki-Zo people, including the possibility of forming a ‘Greater Mizoram,’ Zoramthanga stated that the late Laldenga, when founding the MNF on October 22, 1962, aimed for the unification of all contiguous Mizo inhabited areas under a single administration.
Leaders of the Kuki-Zo community, including ten tribal legislators from Manipur, convened in Aizawl on May 17 and passed a resolution asserting that a ‘separate administration’ is the only solution to bring peace, with the potential inclusion of a ‘Greater Mizoram.’
“Though contigous areas in Myanmar and Bangladesh, inhabited by Mizo ethnic community, remain ‘iredenta’ after the MNF came overground after signing peace accord with the Indian government in 1986, unification of Mizo inhabited areas within India under one administrative unit is possible under the Indian Constituton,” he said.
He said that a number of states have been born in the country by carving out some areas to form new state states in accordance with article 3 of the Constitution.
“Even Mizoram was born by carving out of the area from the Assam state as article 3 of the Constitution has provisions for creation of a new state by bifurcation of a state,” he said.
Zoramthanga added that the Mizo people had lived together before the partition of British India into India, Burma, and Pakistan by the British colonial government. The partition resulted in the division of Mizo inhabited lands across the three countries.
The unification of Mizo inhabited areas in Mizoram, Manipur, Assam, and Tripura within India remains a political ambition of the MNF party. Mizo inhabited areas in Myanmar and Bangladesh are considered ‘iredenta.’
Meanwhile, Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) chief Lalsawta urged the central government to take more proactive measures to bring peace to the troubled state of Manipur by enforcing stricter actions.
Lalsawta expressed disappointment over the ineffectiveness of central security forces in ending the violence that plagues the neighboring state. He emphasized that the central government should take stronger action to halt the violence, as the number of displaced people and students unable to continue their education continues to rise.
“As the Manipur government failed to stop the violence, the centre should intervene and step in to prevent further loss of lives and clashes,” he added.