About the Book :
The Mizos had never been conquered or subjugated until the British occupation of 1895. At the threshold of India Independence, their representatives chose integration with free India imposing the condition, inter alia, that the Lushai will be allowed to opt out of Indian Union when they wished to do so, subject to a minimum period of ten years. Not able to feel at home in India, their only aspiration became the creation of Mizoram, free and sovereign to govern herself and work out her destiny. Nationalism and patriotism inspired by political consciousness and the cry for political self-determination prompted the declaration of Independence under Laldenga and other fifty-nine MNF leaders on 1st March, 1966. The Mizo District was declared a disturbed area. Though martial law not officially declared, the responsibility of law and order was given in the hands of the Army, a state of emergency declared, grouping of 109 villages in 18 centres within 49 days implemented and the Government also resorted to Jet fighter bombing of its own citizens. What followed was an era of serious human and civil rights violation, mass migration, monumental loss of life and property-the darkest age in the known history of the proud Mizo tribe.
About Author :
Lal Hmingthanga (1934-1995) the youngest of 6 siblings of Thinhnema and Lalnghilhlovi, was born at a small village called Mausen under the erstwhile Lunglei subdivision. After completing his secondary education in Mizoram, he joined the intermediate course in Shillong. He completed his Bachelor of Commerce from Gauhati University in 1960 and worked as a High School teacher in Lunglei for some time. It may be worth mentioning here that he preferred death to not being educated; and this sheer grit of perseverance in wanting to be educated led him to undergo various hardships in pursuing his dream. He served as the Foreign Secretary (later Foreign Minister) of the Mizo National Front (Government of Mizoram) and became an important member of the think tank from 1962-1971. He was a man of few words and a great thinker. Most of his writings were destroyed, Exodus Politics printed in 1965 is the only other book found as of now. Though small in volume it was one of the focal point of the MNF political ideology.
J.V. Hluna graduated with Honours in History from St. Anthon College, Shillong in 1972, M.A. (History) from Gauhati University in 1974 and Ph.D. from GU in 1986. He is one of the Founder Lecturers of Government Aizawl College, Founder Secretary of Government Hrangbana College, Founder Principal of Government T. Romana College. He joined Pachhunga University College as Lecturer in History in 1977 and attained his Professorship in 2011. He is also the Founder and Acting Head of Department, Department of History and Ethonography, Mizoram University. Hluna is active social worker and headed Mizo Zirlai Pawl (the largest Mizo Students Organisation) as its President in 1976-78. He is also the Founder President of YMCA in Mizoram and Founder Vice President of Mizo History Association. He had four books in English and four books in Mizo and many other research papers to his credit. His latest and outstanding work in English, co-authored with his daughter, Rini Tochhawng. published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 12 Back Chapman Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 2XX, UK in 2012 is entitled THE MIZO UPRISING. Dr. Hluna is one of the Founder of People Conference Party and became MLA in Mizoram Legislative Assembly (1993-98).