Pu Lal Thanhawla, current Chief Minister of Mizoram has said that Political problems or militancy cannot be solved militarily through the barrel of the gun and lasting solutions can only be reached through talks, who was speaking on the occasion of celebrating the silver jubilee of the Mizo Accord.
Lal Thanhawla was member of Mizo National Front, spent time in jail after which he joined Congress party in 1967 after he was released from jail. He went on to become Chief Minister of Mizoram in 1984 and gave up chief minister ship in 1986 when historic Mizo peace accord was signed to pave way for Pu Laldenga to become CM.
“The government must talk with any group or militant outfit for lasting solutions of genuine issues. Conducive atmosphere has also to be created (for talks), and ensure the cooperation of people of all walks of life. Whoever comes forward for negotiations should be welcomed with open arms,” Lal Thanhawla said at a seminar.
“There has to be a give-and-take policy and both government and the separatist outfits have to be ready for some measure of sacrifice,” he said.
The seminar, organised by the Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee, a body of major church leaders, was also addressed by former chief minister and Mizo National Front (MNF) president Zoramthanga.
Mizoram witnessed 20 years of insurgency from 1960s tile 1986 and even witnessed first bombing by Indian Air Force inside its own territory in 1966.
The line that Terrorism can not be solved by militarily, coming from an ex-insurgent leader turned politician, should remind all that AFSPA in force for last 50 years has not served its purpose!