Mizoram: Students demand separate administration for tribals

Mizo, Zomi, Hmar and Thado-Kuki students assembled in front of the Raj Bhawan in Aizawl to express solidarity with Manipur tribals and demanded a separate administration for the community.

By: Express News Service | Aizawl | Updated: September 9, 2015 6:42 pm

Mizo, Zomi, Hmar and Thado-Kuki students assembled in front of the Raj Bhawan in Aizawl to express solidarity with Manipur tribals and demanded a separate administration for the community.

In a memorandum addressed to the President and submitted to the Mizoram Governor’s office, student groups of the four communities demanded the deputation of “central observers to Manipur to assess the situation”, “separate political administration for the tribals of Manipur” and the direct monitoring by the PMO of “all talks on political issues of the tribals of Manipur.”

“We… are seriously concerned with the situation of Manipur … as we are culturally one and same with people living in the hill areas who may be commonly addressed as Zo ethnic tribes though they are often called by different names,” said the memorandum signed by leaders of the Mizo Students’ Union, Siamsinpawlpi, Hmar Students’ Association and Thado-Kuki Students’ Union.

Meanwhile, rights-group Amnesty International (India) called upon the Manipur government for “prompt, full and independent investigations into all allegations of human rights abuses related to protests in the state in the past few months, including the excessive use of police force”.

“Authorities in Manipur must demonstrate their commitment to human rights and the rule of law. They must ensure that they respect the right to freedom of expression and peaceful protest while maintaining public order and safety,” said Aakar Patel, the group’s Executive Director, adding “Incidents of violence and vandalism by protestors also need to be effectively investigated, and those suspected of human rights abuses brought to trial.”

“Excessive police force cannot be an answer to violent protests. The police must distinguish between persons engaging in violence and peaceful demonstrators or bystanders. Firearms should be used only as a last resort when less extreme means have failed, and intentional lethal force should be used only when strictly unavoidable to protect life,” Patel was quoted as saying by a statement issued on the group’s website.

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  1. L
    Lal Rawngbawla
    Sep 10, 2015 at 5:55 pm
    I think the need of the hour is a separate administration for the tribals so that they can have a certain level of autonomy with the territorial integrity of Manipur remain intact.
    1. S
      Sep 10, 2015 at 11:25 am
      "Students demand separate administration for tribals" the name says it all. But it must me more appropriate to say 'Tribals demand Separate Administration'. For so long, as far as i knew, the Tribals in Manipur were so much exploited and discriminated in terms of socio-economic developments, political aspects and in the fields of education etc. The Tribals were being termed as "Foreigners", "Illegal Immigrants", "Haothu-meaning Tribal pussies", "Hao macha-a degrading remarks" in their own lands. The atude of the Manipur Govt. as well as majority community living in the valley is to create turmoil, twist and turns among the various Tribal groups by hook or crook, so as to propagate their(valley) interests i.e. ping of the controversial 3 bills and introduction of ILP. In the fields of political aspects, The Tribals in Manipur, who occupied 90% of the total land were being given 20 seats (out of 60 seats) in the embly, this means that the vast potion of the Majority community(concentrated in the Valley) were in terms of political aspects, no doubt, will surely accomodate and rule the decisions taken in the embly House. Meanwhile, the Tribal representatives were given a very little and less opportunity to express their view on various issues imposed by the majority ruling community. in the field of education, all the higher educational universities/insutions and infrastructures are being concentrated and accomodated in the valley areas, one can see the huge socio-economic disparities between the hills and valley, when one pes through the rough and rugged roads and terrain from the hills to the smooth and plain, tar roads of the valley. Rampant corruptions, socio-economic exploitation and disparities, tyranny of the Manipur Govt., lack of infrastructure developments in the hills, failure of the Manipur Govt. in containing/solving the issues and interests of the Tribals as well to that of the political interests of the Valley, whom the Manipur govt. has given its priorities and representatives of the Valley people, as a w gave consent and strive to p the bills in the already dominant majority embly in regard to ILP and the 3 Amendment bills (MLR & LR Act, 1960)