Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): Mizoram’s apex student body, the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) or Mizo Students’ Association on Friday wrote to BJP Rajya Sabhha member from Karnataka Basawaraj Patil for allegedly making unfounded comment on the issue of Chakma Community of Mizoram in the parliament.
Branding the Chakmas in Mizoram as mollycoddled people who have no the wit to understand the love of the natives, the MZP said that the MP must analyse facts about the Chakmas before blaming the Mizo people.
“We demands the MP to analyse facts altogether if he feels it is of utmost necessity to vouch for the never-satisfied, overstaying Chakma guests whose cunning alone warrants special attention. Furthermore, it is also the demand of the MZP that the MP also specifically ask the Mizo people if the allegations leveled by the Chakmas against the Mizo people have any element of truth or not,” the letter said.
The letter also said that the MZP would like to ascertain whether or not the MP would still stand by what he said in the parliament had he considered –that the Chakmas are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh; that they have an overwhelming and alarming population growth rate, that they gravely abuse the power of Autonomous District Council to produce numerous bogus documents; that they are parasitic and ungrateful to their hosts in spite of all the hospitality and goodwill gesture extended to them; that they have time and again dragged their hosts to various courts on baseless allegations; and that they have even approached UNO to claim the Chittagong Hills tracts of Bangladesh as their rightful domain.
The MZP asserted that it is the natural rights of the Mizo people to have and own whatever belongs to their land and that the Mizo people shall strive for the same.
It also asked any political parties who might lend their ears to and pursue unsubstantiated accusation against the Mizos to introspect and take caution while dealing with Mizo issues.
The student body in its letter said that it shall always vehemently object and oppose anyone or anything that would pose a threat to the integrity of the Mizo people and their land.
“It is not necessarily the duty of Mizo people to extend courtesy forever to the implacable overstaying guests who zealously exploit the placidity of their hosts and level deceitful charges against them,” the letter also said.
Patil on Chakma issue
Patil had on 31 July, raised the issue of MBBS quota row in Mizoram in which the Mizoram government had to cancel the counselling for four Chakma students who qualified in the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Examination (NEET) after strong protest from the MZP. He also raised the issue of eviction of 17 Chakma students from Jawahar Navodya Vidyalaya, a central school in Kolasib district and also the issue of denial of citizenship to the Chakmas in Arunachal Pradesh despite two judgments by the Supreme Court.
The Karnataka BJP MP told the Rajya Sabha that the Government of India has recently conducted the NEET examination in which 11 students including 4 Chakma were selected on merit list. But due to agitation by the Mizos, the Mizoram government after taking five thousand rupees as fees and issuing admission certificates has decided not to send recommendation to the Central government. “This will be a big injustice to such meritorious Chakma students and therefore the Government of India should ensure that the 11 students get their due.”
During a zero hour, Patil also alleged that 17 Chakma students were evicted from Navodaya school in Kalosib district on 21 July due to alleged continuous harassment by some locals. He informed the Rajya Sabha that around 30,000 to 40,000 Chakmas people were denied citizenship by Arunachal Pradesh government despite two to three judgements by the Supreme Court.