Chief Minister Inaugurates Chin History Book Release Ceremony
16 November 2009: A book containing a collection of articles submitted by Chin historians and scholars during an international seminar on Chin history held last year was launched in Aizawl, Mizoram earlier today.
The book release ceremony officially opened with inaugural remarks by Mizoram Chief Minister Lalthanhawla, who expressed thanks for being part of the event and emphasized the importance of writing and recording true history.
Today’s event was hosted and sponsored by the Mizoram University in conjunction with the Euro-Burma Office (EBO).
Chin historian Dr. Lain H. Sakhong thanked the Chief Minister for his graceful presence and highlighted the fact that Chin and Mizos are of the same nation, only divided by artificial international boundaries.
In his speech, the EBO Executive Director Harn Yawnghwe said that the people of Burma can learn from the Mizo experiences and their struggle for peace. He thanked the people of Mizoram for their love and care for their Chin brothers living in the State. He also expressed thanks for the Mizos’ helping hand to the Chin victims suffering from the food crisis.
The book entitled “Chin History, Culture and Identity” contains 36 scholarly articles and is edited by Dr. K Robin, Assistant Professor of Department of History and Ethnography of Mizoram University, and reviewed by Asst. Professor Lallianchhunga.
Today’s event was preceded by another meeting over the weekend involving members of the Chin Forum Managing Body. Attendees include prominent Chin activists from the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Japan and Thailand.
The event was held at Chaltlang Tourist Lodge located on the north side of Mizoram’s capital Aizawl.
In October 2008, a three-day international seminar on ‘exploring the history, culture and identity of the Chin people’, initiated by Chin National Council, and organized by Mizoram University was held in Aizawl, India’s Mizoram State.