Air attacks in Mizoram, 1966 - our dirty, little secret

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  1. Sakal Gharelu Ustad

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    Air attacks in Mizoram, 1966 - our dirty, little secret - The Economic Times on Mobile

    Did it really happen?
     
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    It may or may not have happened. But I remember the sudden outbreak of insurgency in 66, when Mizoram was nearly cut off by the insurgents. It was a call for secession. No self respecting govt can tolerate such a situation and has to fight it tooth and nail treating it as a war. Integrity of the country is paramount, everything else fades away in comparison.
     
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    Nothing to be surprised Indira gandhi was no nonsense PM & she wasted little time on meeting more on actions , but she used more power than required in few instance which led to her downfall , Aggressive PM India ever had or will have . Many of the times Over aggressive :frusty:

    Emergency
    1971 crackdown on east pakis
    Funding & training LTTE
    Crackdown on Maoist in Westbengal
    Operation bluestar

    & many more is feather on her cap , but now Generals have made it very clear they don't want to get involved in internal insurgency which really avoids suituation like Operation bluestar & aftermath effect:thumb:
     
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    50 years ago today, Indira Gandhi got the Indian Air Force to bomb its own people

    http://scroll.in/article/804555/50-...t-the-indian-air-force-to-bomb-its-own-people

    March 5 marks the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Aizawl – the first air raid by the Indian Air Force on civilian territory within the country. This is as good a time as any to go beyond just questioning the morality of the bombing, or the complexities that led to it. It’s time to understand its legacy.

    The story began in 1961, when the Mizo Hills were a part of the state of Assam. The Mizo National Front formed on October 28 that year, and asserted its right to self-determination. The group initially adopted a non-violent approach to secure its political objective. However, following intense internal pressure after human rights violations by security forces in the area, the Mizo National Front took up arms.

    The battle begins

    On February 28, 1966, the fighting volunteers of the Mizo National Front launched Operation Jericho to throw out Indian forces stationed in Mizoram – launching simultaneous attacks on Assam Rifles garrisons in Aizawl and Lunglei. The next day, the Mizo National Front declared independence from India.

    Operation Jericho shocked the security forces stationed in the Mizo Hills – the insurgents swiftly managed to capture significant installations including the government treasury and the 1st Assam Rifles headquarters – both in Aizawl – and Army installations in Champhai and Lunglei districts.

    The central government led by Indira Gandhi may have been taken by surprise, but the reprisal was swift. On March 5, four fighter jets of the Indian Air Force – French-built Dassault Ouragan fighters (nicknamed Toofanis), and British Hunters – were deployed to bomb Aizawl. Taking off from Tezpur, Kumbigram and Jorhat in Assam, the planes first used machine guns to fire at the town. They returned the next day to drop incendiary bombs. The strafing of Aizawl and other areas continued till March 13 even as the town’s panicked civilian population fled to the hills. The rebels were forced to retreat into the jungles of Myanmar and Bangladesh, which was then East Pakistan.

    Colossal destruction

    Recounting his memories of that day, Thangsanga, a veteran member of the Mizo National Front, said the bombing took them by surprise. “Our little town was suddenly encircled by four screaming jet fighters,” he said. “Suddenly, bullets rained and bombs were dropped. Burning buildings collapsed and there was dust and chaos everywhere. They hit the heart of Mizoram, but not the Mizo spirit”.

    No one had imagined that the Union government would bomb its own territory. “It took us by surprise that the government had the courage to deploy jet fighters to bomb Aizawl that it dared not fly inside China or Pakistan,” said Remruata, a village council member. “Well, charity begins at home.”

    The bombing caused colossal destruction with some reports saying Aizawl town had caught fire. Fortunately, only 13 civilians were killed.

    The establishment – including the government and the armed forces – kept mum or even flatly denied that Aizawl had been bombed. Details only emerged decades later when several writers and former insurgents emerged with their accounts of the day the people in Aizwal saw planes shoot fire.

    A March 9, 1966, report by the now-defunct Kolkata-daily, the Hindustan Standard, quoted Prime Minister Indira Gandhi as saying that the fighter jets had been sent in to airdrop men and supplies, not bombs. But the question was, why would anyone deploy fighter jets to drop rations?

    Zo nationalism

    Since 2008, Mizoram has observed March 5 as Zoram Ni or Zoram Day. The idea is to revive the idea of self-determination and instil the importance of sacrifice among the younger generation. “Self-determination is our birthright,” said Malsawma, a member of the Zo-Reunification Organisation or ZORO. “We cannot allow our land and peoples to be divided in India, Bangladesh and Burma [Myanmar] in the name of democracy, a republic or anything else. Our resolution remains that we are united as one people in our own land. Not the Britishers’ land, not Indian land, but in Zo-land”.

    Zamawia, another ZORO member, said he strongly believed that the Mizos right to self-determination was unquestionably attached to Zo nationalism.

    The bombing helped strengthen Zo nationalism said Zarzosanga, a Mizo scholar. “The bombing of Aizawl did not deter or detach the heart of Zo nationalism,” he said. “Instead it makes Zo nationalism more evident and alive and outside the interest and understanding of Indian nationalism. The bomb actually othered the Mizos from India and Indians. The blunder made by the government of India with its decision to bomb Aizawl was an affirmation and acknowledgment of Mizo nationalism."

    Marked as the ‘other’

    The bombing may have managed to crush the Mizo uprising but it also helped usher in two more decades of insurgency. Following the bombing, the Union government implemented what it termed the “regrouping of villages” in which thousands of Mizos deep in the hills and hamlets of what is now Mizoram were forcefully displaced – their homes and villages burned – and relocated in centres along an arterial highway under armed guard ostensibly so that the Indian state could keep an eye on them.

    Though the state of Mizoram was formed in 1987 after the Union government and the Mizo National Front signed the Mizoram Peace Accord, today, Zo nationalism – an ideological formulation of Zo peoples fragmented by the process of decolonisation and spread across India, Myanmar and Bangladesh – continues to assert itself.

    “The horror of that day still haunts every Mizo,” said Lalremruata, a progressive member of the Zo-Reunification Organisation. “But the positive aspect is that it inspires us to secure Zo nationalism, which is already crossing national boundaries”.

    For the Mizos, Aizawl is the heart of their identity and belonging. During the fight for Indian Independence, Mizos had been left on the periphery. The bombing of Aizawl to secure the Indian nation state further paralysed the Mizos from sharing in the notion of Indian nationalism. The excessive action simply helped to cement the feeling of otherness within the Mizos vis-à-vis the rest of India.

    Was that the only option available to the Union government at the time? Whatever the answer, it was clearly the military and political weapon used to assert mainland India’s dominance over the Mizos.
     
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    Why the hell is Mizoram even part of the Union when they are not even blood related to us?
     
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    How the fuck would they be ABLE to feel a notion of Indian nationalism? And yet for some reason we can't just give them off to Burma.....
     
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    Keep your Canadian trash to yourself.

    There are enough hard working nationalist north-easterners are in India. They don't need any certificate from you.
     
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    buddy the north east has much higher social conduct and discipline .. plus the sense of patriotism towards India than the rest. It's the truth.

    What they do not like is indiscipline of rest of the India that's all. And any one could be frustrated due to that.

    We talk about sikhs, jats .. well people from NE are far more fit and brave and talented than them. But they are NOT given proper oppurtunity and access , hence they became rebellious.

    Naga accord is something which gave hope. Congress had kept them away from mainstream economy and society for decades.

    But Now, they will be definitely be brought to mainstream.
     
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    .....Who said I was going to give them mine? You keep YOUR trash to YOURSELF. And before you comment actually look at the ethnic boundaries.
     
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    I am sure you have not talked to a single NE person in your life. Nor you would know anything about their culture and how close it is to the plains.

    You already dumped your trash on the thread so now it's everyone's problem.

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    This once on digit forum,there was one of these generic religion bashing threads
    In that thread,we had a dude called 'Mikael Schiffer'
    This dude was a Mizo atheist.He described his state as if it was the 'Bible Belt' of the US
    Also the old people there seem to hate 'Indians',He gave an example where some central government wanted to build railways there,but some parties started protesting saying that building railways means 'Indians' will flood their little state.Such insecurity.
    As if. :lol:
    Anywho Mizoram is comparatively the most peaceful state in NE,next to Arunachal Pradesh i guess.
    The young generation seems to be be sensible,not like the bigoted older generation as from 'Mikael Schiffer's example.They should be encouraged to migrate,study and work in other parts of the nation so that their opinion of RoI changes


    in general most NE tribes hate other NE tribes,and above all 'Indians'
    These NE people are so ignorant they really think 'Indians' are one religous/ethnic/linguistic group :rofl:
    I mean if they hate brown ppl so much they can channel that energy into sending Bangladeshi illegals back in a body bag.
     
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    they have no 'patriotism' except to their own tribe(s).They are however the cleanest sub-national entity in general,like Southies.Also they dont seem to saddle the country with like "HAR HINDU/MUSLIM MAHILA KO 10 BACCHE PAIDA KARNE CHAHIYE " bs.Low population size,a hallmark for true nationalists even if they dont know or deny it.
    Discipline? I doubt.This is the region we're talking about where every tribe has its own militant group.And all of said tribes want their own country :lol:
    The only sensible ones seem to be in Rest of India urban areas who are either studying or working.
    Imagine if all that effort put in killing other tribes and Indian security forces would have been put for economical and infrastructural development.All NE states would rival say Kerala or other successful south states.They have all the other prerequisites like high literacy rate,proficiency in English(because no tribe speaks the same language),good civic sense,low population size etc
     
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    Milita group is not a parameter to define which state is disciplined. The crime in the society there is very less and what ever crime is there is basically anti gov. The people are highly anti chinese and very much pro Indian but also they don't tolerate the chaos what you see in delhi or bihar or up and other parts of India. They are very simple people ad highly talented.. they have been kept below their actual position due to politics.
    And we are the ones forced them into that situation.
     
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    You want loyalty from someone who is a product of terribly put together colonial borders give me a break.......everything that you said is completely true but you forgot one major factor regarding loyalty and its so obvious what you missed out
    Who said I needed to talk to an NE person one NE person does not make a state.
     
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    How can a whole section of mizos in burma be burmese and another in india be indian
     
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    Nagas, were among the firsts with Gurkhas, J&K, Garhwal and grenadiers to hit Paki positions during Kargil war when nothing was known to the establishment about enemy fire power.
    And they were very bad for Pakis.. they paved way for the reinforcements and other moving regiments.
     
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    I can definately agree with that @DingDong . You can't have Indian nationalism if your not indian to the CORE. If you think of yourself as Bharatiya and have some sort of connection to vedic culture as well as blood that is why tamils are the only Dravidians that want to separate from India (albeit few compared to the majority of Tamils) because even though they share a dharmic culture connection their language is different compared to the other Dravidian languages with a high degree of Aryan influence and they look different... also the general hatred for brahmins and that's bad because they have historically been part of India. This of course allowed those people to be manipulated easily and develop a disdain for vedic culture which leads to separatist movements eventually. The Nation makes the State the Borders don't make the Nation
     
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    I'll give you a little extra tid bit of info
    Mizoram,Meghalya and Nagaland are all protestant christian majority states,converted from tribal savagery to Christianity
    by
    British and American missionaries.
    I feel to some extent there is a western hand in some of these terrorist activities.
    hell im catholic myself but i dont trust the americans and british.
     
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    by your logic anyone who isn't a hardcore sanghvadi and/or brahmin/kshatriya/vaishya is anti-national.
     
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    What do you want? Take the Mizo inhabited parts of Burma?
     

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