Correspondent AIZAWL, Feb 20 - Mizoram today celebrated the 33rd anniversary of its Statehood with an official function in the Vanapa Hall here, which was attended by Governor PS Sreedharan Pillai.
Mizoram Governor PS Sreedharan Pillai addressing the gathering on the occasion of the Statehood Day, in Aizawl on Thursday. – Photo: Newmai News
Chief Minister Zoramthanga, his council of ministers, MLAs, senior officials, freedom fighters and other dignitaries were also present in the function.
The Governor began his address by conveying his greetings to the people of the State on the historic day. He said that the eventual achievement of the people of the State in attaining Statehood through tremendous struggle and sacrifices was truly a reason to celebrate.
On the signing of the historic Mizo Peace Accord on June 30, 1986, the Governor said, “It remains a beacon of hope for a world full of conflicts, that peace can be attained and sustained if the people and leaders choose it above violence, and if they sincerely work hard towards keeping it. After we achieved Statehood in 1987, our continued aim has been to attain a self-reliant and self-respecting Mizoram.”
Chief Minister Zoramthanga, who had played a key role in the peace process which led to the creation of Mizoram, also addressed the function.
He said the long and difficult peacemaking efforts took 15 years to fructify and the peace talks were held not only in Mizoram but also in other parts of the country as well as abroad. He said that 1986 was the right time to sign the peace accord due to strong political power at the Centre and other factors.
“When Mizoram became a State, it was different from any other State because it was created with special provisions that safeguard the cultural and ethnic interests. The peace brokered between the MNF, the Central Government and the UT Government of Mizoram is still the most reliable and exemplary model of a peace accord. I believe that we are the torchbearers of peace in the region and we can continue to be exporter and mediator of peace in the neighbouring areas or the neighbouring countries,” Zoramthanga said.
On February 20, 1987 Mizoram became a full-fledged State following the signing of the historic Mizo Peace Accord on June 30, 1986, by the Mizo National Front (MNF) and the Government of India.
Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have also greeted the people of Mizoram on the Statehood Day.