Aizawl: Apprehensive of being assimilated by outsiders, Mizoram’s apex student body — the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) — said it will launch a campaign against inter-community marriages.
MZP president L Ramdinliana Renthlei said that the students’ body in its meeting on Tuesday resolved to organise a sensitisation programme on the impact of inter-community marriages.
He said that the programme will be held in all the schools of Aizawl on September 2 during which Mizo students will be taught not to marry non-tribals or people from other communities.
According to the leader, the students’ body has been organising such programmes for many years to spread awareness about the impact of marrying persons outside the Mizo community.
He said that the indigenous Mizos are facing impending assimilation from outsiders and efforts have to be taken to protect the tradition, culture and religion of the community.
Renthlei also said that the Mizo people are vulnerable to assimilation due to inter-community or inter-caste marriages. “To help the native Mizos to protect culture, tradition and religion, measure will be taken to spread awareness among Mizo girls and boys not to marry other community people or non-tribals,” he said.
According to Renthlei, the meeting also decided to organise indigenous games and sports competitions to make the Mizo children aware of the indigenous Mizo games.
The event will be organised in collaboration with Mizoram Indigenous Games Association (MIGA), he said. He said that the indigenous Mizo games and folktales have been diluted due to “invasion” by modernism.