Scattered Mizos must live in unity, says Lal Thanhawla

December 12th, 2011 - 6:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Imphal, Dec 12 (IANS) Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla Monday stressed that Mizo people living in various regions, including Mizoram, Manipur, Tripura and neighbouring Myanmar, must live in unity for the harmonised progress of their society.

“The scattered Mizo entities from different regions must come under one umbrella and hopefully in the future under one political unity. To live peacefully with each other and be an example for others to follow, the united existence is vital,” he said, addressing a “Mizo Meet” at Churachandpur in southern Manipur.

“For the development of Mizos’ traditional life, culture and livelihood, living in unity was indispensable.”

The first ever “Mizo Meet” was organised aiming to bring together all Zo tribes to enhance fraternity among themselves as well as to discuss inter-tribe and intra-tribe issues.

After the Nagas, the Mizo tribals in northeast region have been trying to live in unanimity in a region or area specific to them.

Mizos are close-knit society with no class distinction and no discrimination on grounds of sex.

Ninety percent of them are cultivators and the village exists like a big family. Birth of a child, marriage of a couple, and death of a person are important occasions in which the whole village is involved.

The Mizos follow their faith of Christianity with so much dedication and submission that their entire social life and thought process have been altogether transformed and guided by the Christian church organisations directly or indirectly and their sense of values has also undergone drastic change.

Accompanied by several ministers and senior Mizo leaders, Lal Thanhawla, in his speech, reiterated that the main priorities of his goverment were poverty alleviation, fighting against corruption, ushering in all-round development in the state with focus on education and encouraging the youth in pursuing careers in sports and military.

“Besides development of various infrastructure, setting up of power projects, improvement of rail, road and air connectivity with the rest of India and neighbouring Myanmar and Bangladesh are the other priority sectors of the Congress government,” the chief minister added.

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