AIZAWL, Nov 30 - President Ram Nath Kovind, while addressing a special session of the Mizoram Assembly on Thursday, called the Mizo Accord of 1986 as a �shining example all over the world�.
�The signing, implementation and adherence to the Mizo Accord of 1986 is still regarded as a shining example all over the world. It truly is a miracle in the way in which it ended an insurgency situation and a conflict that had divided our country and Mizo society itself,� he said.
The President noted that all political stake-holders as well as civil society groups � including the church and church-affiliated groups, women�s groups and other non-governmental organisations � have got together to create an atmosphere for peace and development in Mizoram.
�The Accord and its legacy represent one of the greatest successes in India�s long history. One must recall the enlightened and far-sighted leadership of Pu Laldenga as well as the efforts and generosity of Pu Lal Thanhawla, who is of course the Chief Minister today as well,� he said.
The President added that he would also like to mention another stalwart of Mizoram, former chief minister Brigadier T Sailo.
�Mizoram and India owe these nation builders so much,� he said. The President said that Mizoram stands out for its very mature and dignified political culture. The Assembly of Mizoram is the true embodiment of Mizoram�s political culture as well as of the will and aspirations of the people of the State. He congratulated the Assembly of Mizoram over the fact that in its 45-year history, it has established a reputation for smooth conduct of business.
He stated that the behaviour and participation of its members has conformed to the highest standards. This Assembly is a role model for our democracy and for how a legislative House should function.
The President appreciated that the sense of honour and dignity that one sees in public life in Mizoram is heart-warming. It is also typical of this State�s rich society.
After addressing the special Assembly, the President left for Nagaland.