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Political Turmoil in Mizoram

Resolving the Hmar Question

The seemingly intractable Hmar question in Mizoram has erupted again with the resuming of violent clashes between HPC (D) and the state government. Sporadic violence is becoming the norm in the state with the latest being the killing of three policemen by the Hmar militant outfits. Rather than looking at the logic of the struggle, the state government prefers to reply to such dissent through the use of force. 

On 29 March 2015, the convoy of three members of legislative assembly (MLAs) of Mizoram was ambushed by suspected militants belonging to Hmar People’s Convention (Democratic) [HPC (D)] in which three policemen lost their lives. The ambush took place in the northern part of Mizoram bordering Manipur, mostly inhabited by the Hmar tribe. HPC (D) is reported to have active operations in this part of the state. It is here that several outfits are demanding for separate autonomous councils for the Hmar tribe within the state of Mizoram. In short, it is the imagined territorial homeland which the HPC (D) refers to as “Sinlung.”

The death of three policemen has caused wide uproar and resentment from the people of Mizoram. The ruling Congress government sent out a strong message to the outfit without delay and has promised to take stringent moves to counter such violent acts. The chief minister of the state, Lalthanhawla, stated that the Mizoram government had accepted the challenge of the HPC (D) and would respond to it.

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