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MNF never surrendered, affirms Tawnluia

Aizawl: Mizoram’s Deputy Chief Minister, Tawnluia said on Tuesday that the Mizo National Front (MNF) had not “surrendered” when it entered into an agreement with the Indian government in 1986, ending two decades of fervent struggle for independence that began in 1966.

Speaking at a spirited two-wheeler rally, organised by MNF Youth on the eve of ‘Mizo Martyrs Day’ on September 20, Tawnluia, a former “chief of army staff” in the Mizo National Army, revisited the circumstances that led to the historic peace accord inked on June 30, 1986.

“Some people contended that the MNF had lost its resolve in the pursuit of independence and had surrendered to the Indian government. However, the reality is that the MNF embraced peace with the Indian government in response to the fervent appeals from various organisations, political parties, and churches within Mizoram, all advocating for tranquility during those tumultuous times,” he affirmed.

“On our part, the MNF never wavered in its determination. In fact, the consolidation of all Zo ethnic tribes into a unified administrative entity remains MNF’s steadfast policy,” Tawnluia emphasised.

The MNF, which transitioned from a rebel force to a political party, commemorates Martyrs Day annually on September 20 to pay homage to those who sacrificed their lives during the twenty-year struggle for independence led by the Mizo National Front.

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