In the context of “The Panglong Agreement, 1947” the representatives from Chin Hills are not representing their villange (i.e, Saizang). If we look at those label after their name, we can see since those time how much diverse or how much eagerness we have to diversify ourselves base on the village and towns.
Chin Hill Representatives
1. Pu Hlur Hmung (Falam)
2. Pu Thawng Za Khup (Tiddim)
3. Pu Kio Mang (Haka)
The above three of them did not represent their own villages. If it were then Thawng Za Khup was not from Tedim town but from Saizang just like the other two are. If we are keen to mention the birth place of Pu Thawng Za Khup, we might likewise need to include the villages of Pu Hlur Hmung and Pu Kio Mang. We (including me?) have a habit of digging very detail of our history by village, clan or religious denomination instead of a broader, including and general overview which could unify us better. (We know the village of Pu Thawng Za Khup which is Saizang village of Tedim Township but not the other two, at least in my limited knowledge).
Therefore, they are representative of the (3) main Townships in Chin Hill during those days. Tedim (Tiddim) is a general term for people living in the current Tedim, Tonzang and Cikha (3) townships as well as some who are in the Kalay Kabaw Valley and Saggaing Divisions in the context of the Panglong Agreement. I repeatedly mention the word “G-Group.” People from the North who uses no “R” in their alphabet. They canbe referred to as the “Ciimnuaimi” while the other group can be identified as “Laimi” group (The “R” Group).
After decades of political struggle in Burma from the Top; we the other ethnic groups have a habit of identifying ourselves into smaller and smaller pieces by village/ religion/ clan etc. It have changed quite a lot of the structure of our society today and our perspectives in general in how we communicate each other.
For instance, when we say “Tedim” one could see people from Tedim Town while some others would refer people only from the Tedim Town or Tedim Township as a whole (including Siyin areas/ regions, Saizangs, Khuano and many others etc.). In that case, I personally won’t fit in any of those definition since I am from Tonzang township but speaking the Teizang dialect (accent) originally.
TEDIM (TEDDIM) in in the context of “The Panglong Agreement” refers to the whole regions of the current Tedim, Tonzang and Cikha Townsips in which Thado (Kuki) & Zo (Zou) is regarded as a group of major adherents in Tonzang townships at some contexts. Whether you write Tedim or Tiddim you refer to the same speaking people group or Tedim speaking group of people (i.e, Sizaang, Zo, Teizang and all the others).
During the formation of the ZBC (Zomi Baptist Convention in March 5-7, 1953), the term ZOMI was accepted collectively as our common name for the whole Chin Hills while “Chin” is also regarded as an alternate name given by the British as our national identity. But things have chanced since then. We not only diversify Chin and Zomi seperately but also Villages, Religious Denominations, Clans, Townships and Towns etc. Therefore, we, the new generation have a social responsibility to reunite all these splintering groups- The Brotherhood!
Who are we waiting for to fix all these, if not now & in our generation?
I can foresee that in the next decade, some of our generations might struggle with identity crisis especially those who migrate in the West.
Therefore, we need to compile a common platform. We might not be able to work on with the existing platforms since our seniors have tried for decades and have not completely success yet. So, we might need to find a new approach and method to reunite all of our people regardless of once’s identity preferences, creeds, townships, dialects, accents, geographical boundaries (Especially for India and Myanmar while keeping in mind of the Bangladesh too).
Tutung a pen nidang a tawh kibang lianlo in party registration policy kibang nawnlo hi. A criteria pen a beisa kum 20 lai tawh kibang nawnlo cih ding zong ahi hi.
-Party registration pen minam omhi cih register bawlna hi khin tuanlo hi. (party recognition pen tribal/ ethnicity/ national recognition hi lian samlo hi. Kinai mahmah napi in hi khin lian lo deuh hi). Nidang in “party min (name of the party)” in hong sang zong hi thei a, tutung a pen “Zomi cih bang minam om ahih lam hong nak tel mahmah ta uh ahih man un, minam min tawh hong phallo uh zong hi zaw kha lai ding hi.”
UN, US leh mite in hong thei icih leuleu tungtang ah, ZNC ihih man a hong thei zong hi khin masa lo hi. BNC ici a, KNC ici zong in, i sep a kibang a, i hihna a kiban nak leh hong hei ding uh ahi hi. Cihnopna ah “Z” a kihel man bek a hong ki thei hi masa lo a, hong ki theih nading mun, lampi ah i om khak man ahi zaw hi. ZNC lo, TNC ahi phial zong in a tua dan ding mah hi lel kha ding hi.
Hih i genna a hang in khat veivei ciang in i minam pen ki it mahmah a, tua dungzui in ihihna sang in zong a lianzaw in i ki deih muh thei hi. Hoih mahmah a, ahi zong in tua bang a tamluat ciang (over positive) ei leh ei ihihna lian kimu lo thei leuleu ihih man in, i hanciam beh nading, i khantoh beh nading lampi hong kikhak thei leuleu hi. Ihihna ciang tawh lungkim lua zaw in hanciam beh ding lam phawk kha nawnlo cih te pawl…
Khat veivei ciang in “Lawi khekhap mu ihih man in, hih kim ah lawi om ding hi” cih dan lampang pan i en thei hi. Tu laitak a i kisap tak in ahih leh tuadan hilo zaw in, lawi om ahih man in khekhap nei hamtang ding hi (a khekhap kisuak zo ding zah dong in lei a nip leh)” cih ding hi zaw hi.
Tua mah bang in ZOMI a om lam i prove tak ciang in 1990s lai in zong ZNC om khin ahih man in Zomi a om takpi hi (hi ding hi), ZBC om ahih man in Zomi cih a om hi kha ding hi” ki ci thei hi. Tua zong hi napi in, ahi zong in tulaitak a i dinmun tawh a kituak zaw thu ah bel:-
-Zomi minam om ahih man in ZNC khong zong na om a,
-ZBC cih khong zong na ki nei hi cih lam hi zaw leh hoih hi.
KAWLGAM SUNG AH ZOMI OM LEH A OMLOH PEN ZNC PARTY KAWL KUMPI IN REGISTER HONG PIAK LEH PIAKLOH TUNG KHONG AH I KI NGAKSAK A LEH, PARTY REGISTER HONG PIA KEI LE ZOMI A OM NAWNLO DING TAWH KIBANG HI.
Website khat leh nih gtn, myanmar.com sung ah zong ki koih ahih teh ZOMI cih bang a om takpi hi, leh cih zawk ding hilo a, Zomi a om takpi ahih man in a tung a teng a om hi a, Zomi a om lam ZNC, ZBC, MMWebsite, MRTV etc. bek hilo in, i omna leh ihihna hong kithei zo taktak nailo hi zaw a, hanciam toh toh lai ding hi zaw ding hi… cih lam sang i bulphuh zawk ding thupi ding hi.
1-2 pen, 2-1 in leh bulh kha kei ni. Tua hang mah in zong lungphlakna (demonstration) pen sep masak ding lam hilo a, sep nunung ding lam (the last thing we will do) aci ihi zaw hi.
ZNC register hong ki piak ngei man in Zomi a om hilo a, ZBC i neih man in Zomi minam a om hilo a, Zomi minam tang a, tuan a om ahih manin a tung a min tuamtuamte a om ahi zaw hi!