Mizoram state assembly has unanimously passed a resolution today for stronger unity of the 'Zohnahthlak' or 'Zofate' (Mizo kindred) scattered across the region, including Myanmar, Bangladesh and the neighbouring states.
The private resolution demanding that no activities that can harm the brotherhood and unity of 'Zohnahthlak' or Zofate was moved by Congress legislator T Sangkunga. While moving the resolution, Sangkunga vehemently slammed a resolution passed by Mizoram state assembly during the Mizo National Front regime in 2007 that urged the central government to construct Indo-Myanmar border fencing to curb infiltration of Myanmarese migrants. "Mizo in India and Myanmar are divided by political boundary, but that does not dilute the sense of brotherhood among us. Such resolution is detrimental to the unity of Mizo across the international border," he said. He added that half of his relatives still live in Myanmar. The 2007 private resolution that sought fencing of Indo-Myanmar border was moved by student-leader-turned-MLA Lalchhandama Ralte, of the Mizo National Front (MNF). Ironically, Ralte, while he was the president of Mizo Zirlai Pawl (Mizo students' association), took initiatives for re-unification of Zohnathlak (Mizo kindred) scattered in India, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Zofest, a festival for re-unification of Mizo kindred, was initiated during Ralte's tenure as MZP president. Most of the other ruling Congress MLAs, who participated in the discussion, flayed the 2007 private resolution of the MNF legislator. In his speech on the resolution, chief minister Lal Thanhawla said that Mizos living in Mizoram have a high responsibility for stronger unity and brotherhood of the Zofate. "The Mizos living in Mizoram must retrospect and change our mindset in order to have stronger unity. We should stop treating our brothers and sisters who may speak different dialects as different people just because they don't speak Mizo dialect," he said. "We must learn from the Nagas. There are various Naga tribes who speak different dialects, but they are strongly bonded by the Naga identity," he said.