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Mizoram CM: Won’t stop speaking against racism

Lal Thanhawla had last week said in Guwahati that continued attacks on people from the Northeast might lead to “communalism and even secessionism”.

Targetting racism, Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla Friday said he has often been criticised by Central leaders for speaking out against it. He said he will continue to broach the subject.

Lal Thanhawla had last week said in Guwahati that continued attacks on people from the Northeast might lead to “communalism and even secessionism” in the region and pushed for enactment of an anti-racism law.

On Friday, the five-time CM again referred to the subject during a speech to former legislators in Aizawl, where he said, “I often speak out against racism but sometimes leaders at the Centre hate me for it. But I reply by asking them if they consider us (people from the Northeast), as Indians.”

“I have also said many times that if Christianity and Islam are not considered Indian religions then there would always be a danger of communal violence erupting,” he said.

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“A person once asked me, where is Mizoram. Is it in China or in Nepal? He said we don’t look like Indians. I asked him to say in one sentence how does an Indian look like? Why cannot Northeastern people be considered Indians even after 60 years of independence? Ask them how can we become more Indian than we have been,” the veteran politician was quoted as saying by PTI in Guwahati last week.

First published on: 25-10-2014 at 02:12:00 am
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