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Mizos should accept they are Indians: Lal Thanhawla

Saturday, August 6, 2011

/ Published by Simon L Infimate
Aizawl, Aug 5: With the fight for sovereignty having failed, the Mizos now have no option but to accept their nationality - Indians, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla said.

'' Mizos should accept that they are Indians. Any Mizo who refuses to be an Indian is liable to get his ration card cancelled,'' Lal Thanhawla said while addressing Congress party workers at Lunglei in southern Mizoram today.

Pointing out that Laldenga, who led the struggle for Independence from India in 1966, accepted that he was an Indian when he signed the Mizo Accord with the Indian government in 1986, Mr Lal Thanhawla said.

"If any Mizo refuses to accept that he or she is an Indian, he or she is not represented by the Mizo Accord," he added.

Mr Lal Thanhawla, who had surrendered his chief ministerial seat for Laldenga after the Mizo Accord of 1986, alleged that Laldenga had signed an agreement, which was later dubbed as 'the secret agreement' with the Indian government in July 1970, which was similar to that of July 1986.

" Since there was no independence movement from 1976, the Mizos today should question why there was unnecessary trouble for ten years, from 1976 to 1986," Mr Lal Thanhawla said.


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