Young boys and girls would not move out of their beds and sat wrapped in their warm quilts. The work in factories was also paralyse because the poor labourers could not come out of their hats in their scanty clothes.
They thought it would be wise to stay at home and starve than to go out on the that freezing day. They tried to keep themselves warm by sitting beside the cow dung15 fires.
The memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister of India by the Mizo National Front General Headquarters, Aizawl, Mizoram on October 30, 1965, also contained concerns on Human Rights, thus, “While the present world is strongly committed to freedom and self determination of all nationals, larger or small, and to promotion of Fundamental Human Rights; and when the Indians leaders are strongly wedded to that principle, taking the initiative for and for championing the cause of African countries even before the world body, particularly deploring domination and colonization of the weaker nationals by the stronger, old or new, and advocating peaceful coexistence, settlement of international disputes of any kind through the medium of non-violence and in condemning weapons that can destroy the world, and in general wishing a good will towards mankind, the Mizo people firmly believed that the Government of India and their leaders will remain true to their policy and that a they shall take into practice what they advocate, blessing independence per principle that no one is good to govern another man without that men’s consent”.
“…For this end it is good will and understanding that Mizo nation voices her rightful claim and legitimate claim and the government of India in their turn and in conformity with unchallengeable truth expressed and resolved among the text of human rights by the United Nations in its August Assembly that in order to maintain peace and tranquility among mankind, every nation, large or small, may of right be free and independent, shall set the Mizo nation to work out her own destiny, to formulate her own internal and external policies and shall accept and recognize her political independence…” It is no wonder here that the Mizo during the Second World War made remarkable contribution for the British Government and were all well versed about the conclusion of the Second World War at the initiative of the United Nations.
The poor tried to fight cold by burning fires here and there and clustering around them. They were sitting in snug, warm rooms enjoying several steaming hot dishes.
It was so intensely cold that some old poor people were frozen to death. For the poor it brought untold hardships and misery. Many offices had thin attendance as the clerks took casual leave on a mass scale to stay at home.They (The Indian Government) have instituted Government to rule over us in our own country without any respect for human rights and dignity even in the face of the present candid world, which is committed to these rights and dignity. They have been following a policy of exploitative measures in their attempt to wipe out Christianity, our sole religion and no consideration has ever been paid to our national way of life. They have been preaching through the world as if they have instituted a separate administrative machinery in conformity with the principles of democracy to conceal their degeneration of our national morality and of assimilation while had been instituted for us is a pattern of colonial administration. They refuse to not only procure supply food and arrange other form of assistance in times of famine, but also prohibited us from seeking and receiving assistance from friendly countries, which resulted in the death of many people. They have instituted a multitude of officers, who lead an immoral life, cruelly appeasing to our womenfolk to commit immorality with them by taking advantages of their official capacity and of the position they occupy in the administrative machinery. Taking advantage of economic frustration of the people, they subject us to economic slavery and force us to enter into the door of poverty. Curbing freedom of expression, our patriot are arrested and kept in jails without displaying any form of justice. The export facilities, which we used to enjoy during the pre-Indian domination, have been totally closed. Without exploring our country’s economic resources in agriculture, industries and mining and giving no consideration for their development, they maintain suppressive measures against our economic rights. Realizing the importance of our country to India in its defence strategy, the Government of India is establishing military base throughout our country and thereby creating an atmosphere of cold war while nothing is done for its economic and social development. In spite of our repeated appeals for peaceful settlement of our rightful and legitimate demand for full self-determination, the Government of India is bringing exploitative suppressive measures employing their military might and waging war against us as done in the case of the Nagas and the Kashmiris. Owing to absence of medical facilities in our country, our people died without having medical facilities and attention.In the text of Declaration of Independence, it was expressly mentioned the concern of human rights thus, They (Indian Government) have instituted Government to rule over us in our own country without any respect for human rights and dignity even in the face of the present candid world, which is committed to these rights and dignity.The political party developed itself to a strong political party within a short period of its existence and thereby won the District Council elections in 1952, 19.However, the unprepared mind of the Mizo people for the operation of the democratic principle.The Mizo Union stimulated the old sentiments of Mizo that they are under no control of others.The growing emotion was caught by the newly formed political party MNF and took the advantage of it and reached to the point that independence declaration became something a must. The birth of the United Nations in 1945, its efforts for the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 by the General Assembly had great influence upon the Mizo youth especially of followers of Laldenga.It appeared that Nature wanted the people to rest on that cold day.The Mizo Insurgency was broke out in 1966 with the declaration of Mizoram Independence from the Indian Union by the Mizo National Front.Calling the Government of India unworthy and unfit to rule over Mizoram, as many as 50 party leaderships of MNF made vehement appeal to the Indian Government for independence thus finally declared Mizoram Independence.In the Independence Declaration, they explicitly highlighted certain points of criticism of the Indian Government as follows, 1.