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).
LZI Kalsuan zia etteh huai thu
Leitungbup Zomi Innkuan kipawlna min tawh a ki vaihawm ahi, November 2010 sung, Tonzang leh Tedim kikal a tuahsiate galna leh siatvatna ding vaihawmnate a hunzui in zo to thei zeel ihih man in i lungdam hi.
Hih bang in kicing tak in theihsakna muthei ihih man in lungdam mahmah hi.
Zogam leh Zomi bup huam kipawlna khat I neih sun ahi ih LZI i mission trip vai i sim khak ciang lunkim huai kasa hi.
I vaihawm dante zong etteh huai leh ciapteh tak hi. A diakdiak in i sum leh paai hawm dante ah a tamzaw i thukimdan lian in i kalsuan theih loh hang, a tawmzaw i deihna thupi simsakna tawh expense a tawm theithei ding in zeek theih na ding, khiapna nei thei ihih man in Democracy vai mahmah ahih ban ah Innkuan lungsim nei takpi ihihna kilang a, thupi kasa hi.
A tuahsiate i khua leh tui va sik ngiat ding uh cih pen thupi kan lai hi. Mun khat ah kaikhawm ziau leh zong hi thei a, ahih kei leh mimal khat leh nih va pai ziau in, va puak ziau leh zong ahi thei thu hi. Sum tawm bei pen ding ci-in Vangleng antang khiat bang in khiat ziau, khak sawn ziau, gal lot ziau zong ahi thei hi.
Hi mah tase leh i mipihte’ ki tangsappi pen ahi sum leh paai ban ah, nat leh sat khit, lau thawngna leh dipkuatna hun khit in Leitung thu, Khathu tawh tha pia ngiat, thu leh la kikup pih ngiat in, thungetna leh sum leh paai tawh panpihna a nei thei ding suak ihih man in Zomi bup bek thamlo mi khempeuh’ i etteh tak nasep zia leh kalsuan ziapi khat ahi hi.
Laito pa/ laihawmpa in a tavuan nasepna in lai a piak ziau dan bang hi samlo in, cinate, misite’ khua leh tui va siik ngiat ngiat ding cih pen LZI i lim leh meel hong na pulak ding uh, sum leh paai a pia khia tuipi gal a om Zomi mipite’ itna va pulak khia ngiat ding uh ahih man in manpha mahmah hi. Cina damkang khat peuh, gim leh tawl leh lauthawng tawh dipkua a a om king kiang lai khat sum ngah ding ci in va sam khialo zaw a, amau omna ciang dong I va puak zawhna pen mipi I thusimna, mimal I khualna ahi a Zomi sung ah i ki taang sap mahmah thu ahi hi.
Khua kiim, khua paam a om makai muanhuai khat leh nih peuh ki vai khak ziau thei mah ding hi.
Ahih hang in kipawlna min ngiat tawh pai in, tha piakna pen Zomi mipi leh i Kipawlnapi hong kizom sak ahih ban ah, khua leh tui makaite, Siate, U Lian makaite tuamtuamte tawh ki lawmtakna bawl theihna pen a manpha pen hun leh I kisap pen thu khat ahi hi.
Tutung LZI tang in Zogam khua tuamtuamte sik in ong na paisakna tungtawn un mailam ah Zogam I zuun na ding ah koi mun ah, bang teng kisam cih (need assessment) ong na bawl kawm pah uh zong suak hi. Mimal khat leh nih I gal gensawn bek hilo in, I kipawlnapi tang in a mit tawh va mu, amau ngiat in va kan ding uh a, thu leh la tampi hong puak kik thei ding uh (Zogam I ki tansapna, LZI I mabante) ong pulak thei ding uh ahih man in I nasapnate hong tangzai to tektek ahihna kimu khin zo in, angtan huai mahmah hi.
I tanu palaite cidam ludam in a khualzinna uh hong zo uh hen la, thu hoih la hoih a za kik thei ding in mimal kim ciat Topan’ thupha hong piak sak ta hen.
January 23, 2011