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Music – A Channel of Peace

2018-07-30T09:47:56+00:00

Mizoram's well-loved song-writer and composer Vankhama, in the title to one of his songs, had long christened his native land as 'Rimawi Ram', the land of music. Yes, it was not so long ago that the hills of Mizoram were serenaded at all hours with the sounds of birds and insects and the virgin land filled with flora and fauna. Many of these are however, sadly approaching extinction due to our destructive ways, but thanks to the timely and laudable efforts at wild-life conservation and environmental awareness of the State Government and a few well-meaning individuals, the scenario appears to have [...]

Music – A Channel of Peace 2018-07-30T09:47:56+00:00

Building Community Assets

2017-06-12T03:33:23+00:00

What is "community spirit" in terms of money to a village project? Mizoram, where the people still live by their traditional code called "Tlawmngaihna", is an ideal place to find the answer to this important development question. Tlawmngaihna as Mizos say is the traditional code of social ethics, which a Mizo lives by. For want of a more accurate comparison, this writer roughly equates it in the form and spirit of what is known as Bushido, the unwritten code of the ancient Japanese warrior. Tlawmngaihna means always being ready to assist others, and ensure on the other hand not to be [...]

Building Community Assets 2017-06-12T03:33:23+00:00

Religion of the Mizos before Their Conversion to Christianity

2017-05-05T03:46:49+00:00

Abstract— The study sought to see the religious aspects of the Mizos in the pre British era. The researcher examines the pre-Christian Mizo religion, the time, when they were not converted to Christianity through the activities of Christian missionaries. In quest for Mizo religion before their conversion to Christianity it is essential to understand the ‘Mizos’ and for this reason briefing on their history is vital. The idea behind this understanding is that it will analyse the identity of the ethnic tribe and the original form of their social and cultural practices before the coming of alien religion that had left [...]

Religion of the Mizos before Their Conversion to Christianity 2017-05-05T03:46:49+00:00

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

2017-05-05T03:15:35+00:00

1. Origin of the people Rev. Liangkhaia There is a myth that the Mizos have originated as one of the ten lost tribes of Israel. The Rev. Liangkhaia who wrote the first History of the Mizos, suggested that 'the Mizos are the descendants of Japheth, one of the three Sons of Noah'. Although this belief is difficult to substansons of Noah'. Although this belief is difficult to substantiate, there is at least a possibility of its likelihood.  Some people believed that the Mizo had migrated from China during the reign of Chien Lung (the Mizos called Chhinlung), and it [...]

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE 2017-05-05T03:15:35+00:00

The Mizo marriage, divorce and inheritance of property bill, 2014

2017-04-18T02:12:11+00:00

THE MIZO MARRIAGE, DIVORCE AND INHERITANCE OF PROPERTY BILL, 2014 A Bill to provide for the law relating to Marriage, Divorce and Inheritance of Property among the Mizo and connected matter therewith. Be it enacted by the Mizoram Legislative Assembly in the Sixty-Fifth year of the Republic of India as follows, namely : CHAPTER - I PRELIMINARY 1. Short title, extent and commencement : (1) This Act may be called the Mizo Marriage, Divorce and Inheritance of Property Act, 2014. (2) It extends to the whole of Mizoram except the three Autonomous Districts in Mizoram constituted under the Sixth Schedule to [...]

The Mizo marriage, divorce and inheritance of property bill, 2014 2017-04-18T02:12:11+00:00

Gaddafi in Mizoram

2013-12-22T14:04:52+00:00

Long before Muammar Gaddafi bombed his own people, IAF fighters in March 1966 strafed and dropped incendiary bombs on Aizawl, now Mizoram's capital, to crush the Mizo insurgency. The bombing, which marked the beginning of horrific atrocities committed by Indian armed forces, was never reported in the media and isn't acknowledged by New Delhi. But the wounds still fester and Mizos are now demanding an apology. New Delhi's first reaction to insurgency breaking out in Mizoram on the night of February 28, 1966, was stupefying. Even as the Mizo National Front (MNF) rebels started attacking Army and para-military posts all over [...]

Gaddafi in Mizoram 2013-12-22T14:04:52+00:00

How the Church influences Mizo politics

2013-10-28T07:10:17+00:00

Recently, I came across an interesting article in Tehelka magazine which outlined how the Mizoram Presbyterian Church has taken the responsibility to ensure that the assembly polls in Mizoram are free and fair. Following are excerpts from the article: - A powerful moral watchdog, the Mizoram Peoples’ Forum (MPF) – sponsored by the Mizoram Presbyterian Church Synod will set up offices in every village to monitor the elections. - “Our main aim is to ensure that free and fair elections are held. We’re working very hard to convince people not to accept gifts from candidates” – Rev. Lalbikmawia, Executive Secretary of the [...]

How the Church influences Mizo politics 2013-10-28T07:10:17+00:00

How Mizos fight corruption

2013-10-28T07:09:00+00:00

This is how Mizos fight corruption in Mizoram A citizens’ action group in Mizoram spearheading an anti-corruption campaign has devised a unique way of tracking down corrupt politicians and Government officials, unearth their wrong doings by using RTI and put them on trial through courts. It’s a kind of secret public balloting process which they call eiru thlan bawm through which the corrupt individuals are identified. “It’s a pretty simple method,” explains Vanlalruata, president of a prominent civil society organisation, PRISM (Peoples’ Right to Information and Development Implementing Society of Mizoram). “People are asked to write down on a plain paper [...]

How Mizos fight corruption 2013-10-28T07:09:00+00:00

Bnei Menashe -The Lost Tribe of Israel in Mizoram

2013-10-28T06:28:13+00:00

The Lost Tribe of Israel in Mizoram; the Bnei Menashe or descendents of Joseph, Ephraim and Manashe My pre-travel research told me that this is one group I must seek out and meet in Aizawl. All through the trip, in Aizawl, In Lunglei, in Thenzawl and in Sirchip, I’d seen numerous retail outlets with typical Jewish or Israeli names. The presence of these everywhere made me think that it would be easy to find the people and was putting off the ‘finding-out’ for another day. Right after the Chapchar Kut festival as I was walking back to the taxi [...]

Bnei Menashe -The Lost Tribe of Israel in Mizoram 2013-10-28T06:28:13+00:00