|Headlines Vol. 2 Issue No. 16||Nov. 22 - Dec. 6, 2003|
Mizo political parties for unification of all Mizos
AFTER greater Nagaland, it is now turn for the Mizos to demand greater Mizoram. To woo the voters, all the political parties including the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) and even the Congress have called for amalgamation of all areas inhabited by ethnic Mizos living outside the State and in foreign countries. What is strange that even after being aware about the volatile nature of this sensitive region, the political parties in Mizoram could not resist themselves from raising such demand. Not so long ago, North-Eastern region suffered a lot following the unrest caused by the call for greater Nagaland by the Naga political parties.
The ruling MNF heads the list stating in the number one political agenda in their election manifesto that if voted back to power they would try ‘to protect the Mizos, their land and their religion, to bring all the Mizos under one administrative umbrella and to settle the Mizoram border”. The Congress is not lagging behind when they in turn in their election manifesto vowed “to continue our political efforts for the unification of all Mizos to be under one administrative structure and to defend our present territory from within and outside.” The Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC) and Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) combine, in their joint election manifesto, have also vowed to uphold Mizo nationalism by ‘tracing our origin and thereby protecting our land, our tribe and religion.’ The endeavour would be to ‘to initiate settlements of the state borders with other states and strive for the unity of all Mizos living within and outside Mizoram and Mizoram will be made the homeland for all Mizo descendants.”
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