Aizawl: Mizoram Chief Minister Lal
Thanhawla on Saturday said it was "extremely unfortunate" that many
public leaders have regarded him as a foreigner and did not
know where Mizoram was located.
Addressing a meeting of the Indian Engineers Federation
(INDEF), North East region, here, Thanhawla said he had
experienced such ignorance in many places in the country from
public leaders who mistook him for a foreigner and did not
know where Mizoram was.
"India is inhabited by many races and in order to
maintain national integrity, we must know each other extremely
well," he said, adding that the citizens should have better
understanding and knowledge about other citizens irrespective
of their colour, features and culture.
He said he talked about such misadventures because he
felt that Mizoram is the least visited state in the whole
"There are some journalists who visited Mizoram for the
first time and stayed only a day, but claimed themselves as
experts on the state and wrote baseless stories on their
visits," Lal Thanhawla said.
He also discussed with the engineers the massive
landslides caused by heavy monsoon in the northeast and told
them that the structures they construct should be durable.