Aizawl, April 11: Fellow Mizos in Myanmar greeted and heaped praises on Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla who visited Myanmar recently to grace Chapchar Kut celebration at Tahan as Chief Guest. Lal Thanhawla received praises for his concern for fellow Mizos outside Mizoram, for his initiative during flood in Myanmar so that the Indian government may extend help, and for the aid given by the Mizoram government and the people of Mizoram to the flood victims. They said that such a help during their trouble strengthen brotherhood with fellow Mizos in Mizoram. They added that the same has secured for them respect from the Myanmar government and the people.
Chin literature and cultural committee also thanked CM Lal Thanhawla and YZTP organized a dinner for him at Rangoon.
CM Hawla on his part said that the Zo children in different parts of the world should always give importance to the mission of preaching the Gospel.
Despite being descendants of the same forefathers, political boundaries have separated the Mizos in different states of India, Myanmar and Bangladesh, but this does not change their brotherhood, Hawla said.
Lal Thanhawla said that he would do his best at the Central Government of India for better communication with fellow Mizos in Myanmar and more profitable border trade.
Step shall also be taken through the Central Government to preserve ‘Khampat bung’ or the banyan tree at Khampat which is an important cultural heritage site for the ZO children, he mentioned.
During his stay at Tahan, CM Hawla visited Mizo-inhabited villages like Khampat, Kanan, Pyingkhung, Letpan Chhawng and Vaphai. He was received by large number of people. At Tahan too, CM Hawla visited Kalay University, where majority of the students are Zo descendants. There he spoke of his plan to find ways by which a joint venture may be had with Mizoram University.
Hawla also visited Wesley Hospital Methodist church where he spoke of plan to have exchange of knowledge.
Chief Minister was also met by Zomi Democratic congress party and Zomi Youth association who expressed their hope that the visit of former would earn for them more attention from the Myanmar government.
CM Hawla was accompanied during his visits by Dr. N. Nandakumar, Consul General of India.