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dramatic announcement of the breakdown of the talks with Laldenga, the government had given wide publicity to its charges that the Mizo leader had 'gone back' on the July 1, 1976 agreement. Many other things too happened during this period, including that the entire Union Territory continued to be notified as a 'disturbed area' by the government, despite the 'suspension of military operations' that supposedly followed the July 1976 agreement Equally meaningless has been the notification issued (not for the first time, again) that the Mizo National Front and the Mizo National Army are 'unlawful organisations' under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. Just as under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, any area in the northeast becomes a 'disturbed area' by virtue of being merely proclaimed to be so, under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, any organisation can become an 'unlawful organisation' by virtue of being merely proclaimed to be .so. The latest proclamation only seeks to undo the lacuna that existed .as the result of the failure to renew the proclamation made on August 6, 1975 at the end of its two- year operational period, which had allowed the MNF and MNA to technically 'lapse into legality'.

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