The abrogation of Article 370, from Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), raised apprehensions in Mizoram. former CM Lal Thanhawla tweeted, “Red alert to the people of NE.
The abrogation of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), raised apprehensions in Mizoram on Monday, with academicians and politicians fearing that the NDA government might scrap next the special provisions that protect the interests of the state’s indigenous people.
Article 371 G of the Constitution states that the Parliament cannot decide on the matters of the religious and social practices of the Mizos, civil and criminal law of the land, land ownership transfer, and customary law procedure without the consent of the Assembly.
The provision came into effect in 1986 following the signing of the historic Mizo Accord between the Centre and the erstwhile underground Mizo National Front (MNF). Mizoram, then a Union territory, was granted the status of full-fledged statehood on February 20, 1987.
Mizoram former Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla of the Congress tweeted, “Red alert to the people of NE. It has become a threat to states like Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal which are protected by the Constitution. If 35A and 370 are repealed, Article 371G which safeguards the interests and existence of lesser tribals of Mizoram is under severe threat”.
RED ALERT to the people of NE. It has become a threat to states like Mizoram, Nagaland & Arunachal which are protected by the Consitution. If 35A and 370 are repealed, Article 371G, which safeguards the interests and existence of lesser tribals of Mizoram is under severe threat.
— Lal Thanhawla (@LThanhawla) August 5, 2019
Lallianchhunga, assistant professor of the political science department in the Mizoram University, alleged that the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government had been violating the federal spirits of the Constitution and moving towards a “unitary government“.
“The Centre, in the name of economic development and internal security, may soon target the north-eastern states with special provisions and statuses,” he said.
Riachho, a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, said the Centre did not honour the Instrument of Accession signed on October 26, 1947, by Maharaja Hari Singh, the then ruler of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the IAS officer, it seemed that the Article 371 G in Mizoram might also come under danger.
Newly-floated political party People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) also condemned the Centre’s move, saying the “north-eastern states were no longer safe in the hands of the NDA government“.
The Centre had on Monday revoked Article 370 and proposed that the Jammu and Kashmir be bifurcated into two Union territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.