John Zothansanga

John Zothansanga is an Aizawl based contributor for IndianExpress.com and specialises in football.

Articles By John Zothansanga

Mizoram’s football icon set to contest state’s lone Lok Sabha seat

In Mizoram, Congress allies with ZPM to field Lalnghinglova Hmar — the man known to have revolutionised football in Mizoram — as their candidate.

The corner of a northeastern field: How cricket found a strong wicket in Mizoram

At long last, part of the BCCI's domestic calendar, cricket in the hilly state of Mizoram is slowly gaining popularity. 

AIFF to launch first-ever national Futsal Cup

Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Jammu & Kashmir and Karnataka will start its own State Futsal League while Mizoram already started the first futsal league in the country in 2018.

Mizoram takes to the streets against Citizenship Bill

The Mizo National Front, the ruling political party in the state, released a statement of its supports to the MZP and its stand against the the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8.

In Mizoram, a group of hardcore Chelsea fans is raising funds for charity

Every time the Chelsea football club wins a major trophy in England, a club of loyal supports thousands of miles away in Mizoram, organises a charity drive

Mizoram: Zoramthanga sworn in as Chief Minister

Former chief minister Lal Thanhawla, besides former ministers, legislators and senior officials were present at the oath-taking ceremony.

Mizoram: On the eve of World Aids Day, a concert to promote HIV testing

The main reasons behind the severe number of HIV diagnosed cases in Mizoram are unsafe sex, followed by sharing of needles and syringes by drug users and sexual intercourse between homosexual partners, according to the Mizoram State Aids Control Society.

Mizoram: Country’s first queueless polling witnessed in Kolasib

Voters were provided a serial number with a timing slot. Accordingly, they cast their votes, with 60 voters exercising their franchise every half hour.

Melody, not rhetoric, the major crowd-puller at Mizoram rallies

While Lalhmachhuana said he spoke about the performance “in jest”, Lalengkima Colney, editor of local daily Rengkhawpui, said the demand for Feli Fanai — a popular singer from Champhai district — has soared over the past few elections.

Melody, not rhetoric, the major crowd-puller at Mizoram rallies

In an election where politicians try their hardest to be heard, it is the artiste’s voice that resounds the loudest.

In Mizoram, a football league for veterans who’ve still got it

A motley crew of engineers, police officers, drivers and businessmen — between the ages 40 and 60 — become the champions of the country’s first veteran football league

Civil societies protest demanding Mizoram CEO’s removal, talks with EC fail

The protests have forced the closure of shops and educational institutions, and transport services have been hit.

Mizoram civil societies to launch sit-in protest demanding removal of state election officer

State chief electoral officer SB Shashank had written to the Election Commission, complaining of direct interference by Mizoram govt and its principal secretary in the revision of electoral rolls for polls in state and EC to remove the secretary from his post.

Mizoram Assembly Speaker Hiphei resigns from Congress, joins BJP

A senior BJP leader had on Sunday said that Hiphei would resign from the Congress and join the BJP on November 5. Hiphei, a veteran leader, was elected to the Assembly from the Palak constituency.

Mizo hockey star Lalremsiami comes home to a royal palanquin welcome

A singing crowd crammed the Kolasib’s Diakkawn square, through which Lalremsiami passed, sitting in a open palanquin made of bamboo sticks — the highest honour in Mizo traditional practice.

Mizo National Front announces candidate list for polls

Addressing the function, Zoramthanga, President of the MNF, said, "People are tired of the Congress government and want to form a new government. Even the Congress doubts themselves for the upcoming state elections."

Thousands rally in Mizoram, demand scrapping of Chakma Council

Thousands of participants held placards and shouted slogans such as, 'We demand the removal of the CADC,' and 'Go back, illegal immigrants.'

Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga’s family recalls thrilling moments as he bags India’s first Youth Olympics gold

Mizoram's Jeremy Lalrinnunga finished with a combined tally of 274 kg and created history by becoming the first Indian to win a medal at the Youth Olympic Games.

BJP to fight Mizoram assembly elections alone: Ram Madhav

BJP general secretary Ram Madhav also admitted that post-election, his party would not mind forging an alliance with like-minded parties to form a government.

Conrad Sangma launches Mizoram unit of National People’s Party

Raising concerns over the political scenario in the state, Conrad said, "People are tired of the present and previous government, and we have had enough. The winds of change are coming in for the state of Mizoram."

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