Chakmas are not indigenous people of Mizoram: CYMA President
Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): As has been celebrated every year, Zo Reunification Organisation (ZORO), the Chin-Kuki- Mizo-Zomi group organization which seeks re–unification of all Zo people and bringing them under one administrative unit today celebrated ‘World Indigenous Day’ in Aizawl. The event held at LPS studio was graced by central committee of the Young Mizoram Assocation (CYMA) president Lalbiakzuala as chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion, Lalbiakzuala underlined the need for protecting and safeguarding Zo ethnic people as a community or tribe. “Though the Zo people may live in different parts of the globe and are segregated by geographical boundaries, we are one and belong to the same blood. We should make effort to protect our tribe or nation,” he said.
He claimed that ethnic Zo community living in Mizoram are indigenous people of the state, but not Chakmas.
According to him, the Chakmas are indigenous people in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh and Bangladesh is the homeland of the Chakma community.
Terming Chakmas of Mizoram as ‘aliens overstaying in Mizoram’ he alleged that the illegal immigrants from Bangladesh have been trying to snatch away the privileges of the indigenous people of the state.
“The YMA would never accept the Chakmas as indigenous people of Mizoram,” he said, adding that they should return to their homeland Bangladesh.
Lalbiakzuala also appealed to the political parties, NGOs and the people of Mizoram to join hands in opposing the proposed amendment to the Citizenship Bill, being pending in the Parliament.
The proposed amendment could usher in demographic crisis in the state, he added.
During the celebration, Lalbiakzuala also released a book which is a collection of lectures and papers presented by officials and experts on the occasion of the 125th Lushai Conference held in Kolasib during 31 January to 2 February this year.
ZORO president R.Sangkawia also said that Mizoram belonged to Zo people and no one can snatch away this land from the indigenous Mizos.
The “Zo’ under its umbrella include all sub-tribes and sub-clans of major Zo tribes such as Kachin, Chin, Mizo, Lushai and Kuki and they are regarded as Zo indigenous people, he said.
He said those people who are not covered by Zo indigenous people but living in Mizoram for decade are overstaying guests and they should not claim the right of indigenous people for only being an inhabitant of Mizoram.