Mizo Church panel appeals for Godly candidate

February 15, 2013 by  
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Of the 29 polling stations, 13 stations in the Chalfilh constituency were declared sensitive.

Mizo Church panel appeals for Godly candidateMizarom, February 13, 2013: A church panel in Mizoram has appealed to the people to pray fervently so that a candidate “chosen by God” is elected in the upcoming assembly bye-elections in Chalfilh constituency of the state.

The Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC), a committee comprising leaders of the 13 major churches of the state, has issued the appeal.

The MKHC appealed to all candidates and political parties to ensure a free and fair election by refraining from using militant groups, weapons, intimidation, and money and muscle power.

The conglomerate of church leaders also urged the campaigners not to canvass in such a way as to create enmity among the ethnic Mizos and among different church denominations.

“We should not indulge in mudslinging on individuals and opposing political parties, which could result in a law and order problem,” the message said.

Of the 29 polling stations, 13 stations in the Chalfilh constituency were declared sensitive and elaborate security arrangements were made, while security was beefed up in the border areas with Myanmar and Manipur.

C. Zorammuana, deputy inspector general (Northern Range), said that Assam Rifles, deployed along the northeastern border areas, have already been alerted to seal the border so that unwanted elements cannot enter the state.

– times of india

Mizo Church’s dress code strict on women *Goa plans advisory body on Muslim, Christian issue

April 10, 2012 by  
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Mizoram, April 10, 2012: It follows complaints that church aisles have become like red carpets for fashion shows.

The Presbyterian Church, Mizoram’s largest Christian denomination, wants women to refrain from wearing trousers and see-through dresses inside places of worship.

The Church’s second-highest decision-making authority, the Synod Executive Committee, yesterday issued a dress code that insists women should not wear clothes that expose breasts or show too much skin. It also wants women to avoid tight garments inside the church.

The best option for women is to wear the traditional “puan,” a piece of cloth women wrap around waists reaching to the ankles, that the Church terms as a “respectable” dress.

The Church code encourages women to use cosmetics, but with moderation, and urges brides to wear beautiful and respectable wedding dresses.

It also wants men to wear clean shoes and respectable suits inside churches.

The code comes in the backdrop of a long drawn debate over proper church wear in Mizoram, a Christian majority state in northeastern India. Some church-goers have complained that church aisles have become like red carpets for fashion shows.

Mizoram’s patriarchal society has always discouraged “indecent” dresses and some people have blamed “indecent dressing” by women for the recent increase in rape cases in the state.

Earlier, under pressure from student bodies, the state education department issued a dress code that asked girls not to wear skirts that reach only above knees.

The Young Mizo Association has disapproved girls wearing tights at funeral services.

State Culture Minister P. C. Zoramsangliana has appealed colleges to fix a day in a week for students to wear the “puan.”

In 1987, former Chief Minister Laldenga told government employees that although law-enforcement officials would not tolerate “indecent exposure” as described in the Indian Penal Code, no one should impose a dress code for women.

– timesofindia / hindustantimes

Goa plans advisory body on Muslim, Christian issue


Goa, April 02, 2012: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition government in Goa is planning to set up a minority advisory council, which will sift through the demands of Muslims and Christians, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said here on Monday.

According to him, the council would be set up by May.

“We should be in a position to set up an advisory council in May. It will have members of the Catholic and Muslim communities,” Parrikar said on Monday.

“The council will meet twice a month with the government, and advice on matters related to minority communities,” Parrikar said.

The simple majority to the BJP in the 40-member Goa legislative assembly in the April elections have been credited to a social engineering exercise by the chief minister, who wooed the state’s 26 percent Christian minority ahead of the March polls.

The BJP, which contested 28 seats, had fielded six Christian candidates and backed two other Christian independent candidates. The party has already allotted two cabinet berths to the Catholics, and has also promised to induct an independent minority legislator in the first round of expansion.

The BJP now aims to focus its attention on the nearly seven percent strong Muslim population, who have traditionally kept the saffron party at an arm’s length.

In an emotional pitch to Muslim community members at a public function in Panaji last week, Parrikar said the community could “kick” the BJP out of power after five years if he did not deliver good governance, adequate jobs and “respect” to them.

“In five years I assure you not just a good government and representative jobs, most importantly, I assure you that the government will accord the community a sense of respect. If the BJP does a good job, vote for us, if we don’t, kick us out,” Parrikar said.

– ians

Beware of Sects – Indian ‘Christian’ cult leader wants to marry for the 40th time!’

October 30, 2011 by  
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Zionnghaka Chana with his 39 wives and 120 children and grandchildren

Zionnghaka Chana with his 39 wives and 120 children and grandchildren

Mizoram, October 25, 2011: Zionnghaka Chana wants to marry again!!

With 39 wives and 120 children and grandchildren, the Christian cult leader in Mizoram says that he is still keen to tie the knot one more time.

“I can travel beyond the borders of Mizoram or even India to marry as that would help me to expand my family,” said 67-year-old Zionnghaka Chana.

From a playground to a school and a church, the village of Baktawng resembles any other tribal village but for the fact that the community members belong to one single family of 181 members – 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren.

“We are all happy and like any other church we believe in the existence of god but the only distinctive difference is that our denomination allows us to marry more than one woman,” said Nunparliana, one of Zionnghaka’s sons.

The family is part of a Christian cult called Channa, named after Zionnghaka’s father Challianchana, who died in 1997.

The cult, founded by Challianchana some time in the early 1930s, is now spread over four generations and boasts of having some 1,700 members.

Challianchana was believed to have had 50 wives, with Zionnghaka being the eldest of his many children. There is no count available of the number of children Challianchana had.

The family members live in a 100-room four-storeyed building perched on a hilltop. The youngest wife sleeps near to Zionnghaka’s bedroom. There is a rotation system among the wives to share his bedroom.

The church leaders, Presbyterian being the dominant denomination, however, reject the cult’s claims to be Christians.

“Christianity does not allow polygamy and hence accepting the cult as Christian does not arise at all. Polygamy is very rare in Mizoram,” said a Presbyterian Synod leader in state capital Aizawl.

There are an estimated 95 Christian cults in Mizoram with diverse practices – some of them do not allow their children to mingle with others and attend school, while some of the sect claim their members to be gods.

– ndtv