Aizawl: People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) on Thursday sought help from churches to protect Mizoram and the Mizo people from assimilation by outsiders.
In a letter addressed to chairman of Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC), a conglomerate of 16 major churches in the state, PRISM said the special status granted to Mizoram like the Inner Line Permit (ILP) under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR) 1873, Restricted Area Permit (RAP), special protection under article 371G of the constitution and free movement regime on the Mizoram-Myanmar are under severe threat under the BJP-led NDA government.
It alleged that the ILP system and RAP have become a major concern of outsiders and the Centre is trying to scrap special status granted to the state.
The party said that the border trade with Myanmar and Bangladesh and the construction of cross-border road under the Kaladan Multi Modal Transit Transport Project (KMMTTP) when completed will attract illegal influx which will in turn bring socio-economic assimilation to the native Mizos.
PRISM alleged that the Centre is trying to introduce uniform civil code and citizenship amendment bill.
“The abrogation of Article 370 and 35A was an instance of the Centre’s attempt to scrap special status granted to the northeastern states,” PRISM said in its letter.
The party said that the people of Mizoram can’t live in comfort as the Centre did not mention about retaining of the BERF although union home minister Amit Shah had promised that article 371 will be be abrogated.
Citing that the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the authorities concerned were not consulted before abrogating article 370, PRISM said the Centre can do the same to Mizoram to remove its special status.
The party also said that the fate of Northeastern states, especially Mizoram is in danger under the NDA government.
Stating that it is a high time for the churches to raise their voices against the impending danger, PRISM therefore, urged the church committees to take measure to protect the Mizo people and their religion.