Chibai and greetings from Chennai Mizo Welfare Association, at this moment, I would like to thank the leadership of Kuki Welfare Association for the Invitation extended to Chennai Mizo Welfare Assoiation and the Lord Almighty for the blessing that he has bestowed upon us.
As all of us are members of the Chin Kuki Mizo family, I would first like to state that we are a special people and tribe chosen and found by God. Even though we live in different countries like I and are surrounded by the World’s great religion like Buddhist in Myanmar’s East, Muslim’s in Bangladesh and Hindu’s in India, we are unique in that most of us are Christian’s in this region of the world.
It is however unfortunate that the British instead of grouping the Chin Mizo Kuki people in one place scattered us in different countries like Myanmar, Bangladesh, India and as we are on the fringes of this country with less population treated with less attention.
Even in lands which we are currently occupied by our forefathers from long time ago in Churuchandpur, we have seen new Legislations which effect the security of our own people and future and also very unfortunate that a few people died in the protest against that legislation. In the same way, in Mayanar, there is an effort to Myanmarize people to adopt their language, culture and religion, the same way in Bangladesh and parts of India. It is the wish of the mainstream to integrate us, which is not a bad intention, but at the same time, while integrating, it is also sacrosanct and important that we do not lose our identity, language, culture and religion which also forms the core of our identity.
Because we the Mizo Kuki Chin people are scattered in different states within the same country, different country we are called different names. In Manipur we are kuki and Zomi, in Myanmar we are Chin but the following things bind us together:
1. Common Ancestors
2. Common culture, customes and very similar languages.
3. One Nation (Hnam Khat)
There are many political parties, NGO’s and social moment which are working hard to bring us together but we also face challenges and there are people who do not want us to be united. Who can forget the year 1964 when the Myanmar government rejected changing the name of Chin state to Zo state.
So dear brothers and sisters, for us the chin kuki mizo tribe to be united it is important that we are first united and support each other with respect and Dignity. Despite our different clan names let us be united. Let us follow the example of Israel. Israel is one country, they do not have a separate country for the tribe of Reuben, Benjamin or Judah but they are all together. It is with this unity that they were able to win the 6 day war when all their neighbouring countries fought against them together. Let us be united and work hard towards it so that we can be a blessing for our own nation and people and let us, the Chin Kuki Mizo people in Chennai take the lead in this respect.