Department Statement

                         STATEMENT ON THE USE OF ‘MIZOS’

The terms ‘Mizo’ and ‘Mizos’ have been variously used to refer to the people living in the present Indian state of Mizoram in academic and non-academic writings of the past and present. The Department of History and Ethnography, Mizoram University feels that to foster uniformity in learning and writing pertaining to the history of the people of Mizoram, the word ‘Mizos’ may be used whenever it is possible. In making this statement, the following points are especially noted:

(i) that not all the tribes in present-day Mizoram may accept or call themselves as Mizo or Mizos;

(ii) that tribes that consider themselves Mizo in Mizoram do not consider themselves Mizo when their location is elsewhere;

(iii) that people belonging to the 'Kuki-Chin-Lushai' group(as they were referred to in colonial times)who live in present-day Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur, and Assam, as well as Bangladesh and Burma, in the past and present, have either considered themselves to be Mizo or have been incorporated as Mizo;

(iv) and that the generic term 'Mizo' may also refer to inhabitants of the state of Mizoram alone.

Notwithstanding the multitude of names that exist and how different communities choose and accept their names in time and space, the department makes it a point that the word ‘Mizos’ may be used in research, scholarship, and education to refer to the people who live in Mizoram and the adjoining areas with whom they share similar history and culture.

Date: 29 July 2016

Place: Aizawl



            Thuziak hrang hrang a “Mizo” leh “Mizo te” kan tih hian tuna India ram state pakhat Mizoram a cheng te a kawk ber a. Department of History and Ethnography, Mizoram University chuan rualkhai taka Mizoram mipuite hun kal tawh chanchin fel taka zir leh ziah anih theih nan “Mizo” emaw “Mizo te” tih hi a theih ang ang a hman tha a ti ani. Hengte hi en ila:

(i) Tuna Mizoram a cheng hnam hrang hrang te hian “Mizo” kan ni an ti vek lova, “Mizo” ti a koh an duh vek kher lo bawk.

(ii) Mizoram a “Mizo” kan ni ti tepawh in Mizoram pawn ah chuan “Mizo” kan ni lo an ti thin a.

(iii) Kumpinu sawrkar in min awplaia 'Kuki-Chin-Lushai' group ti a an ziah tuna Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur, leh Assam te leh Bangladesh leh Burma a chengte hi “Mizo” tiin an lo inko thin tawh a, tin, “Mizo” hnam/ Mizo hnahthlak chhung ah telh an lo ni tawh bawk a.

(iv) “Mizo” tih hi Mizoram state chhunga cheng hrim hrim te sawina ani thei bawk ani.

Hnam leh chi hming inkoh duh dan, inpawm dan, leh inphuah dan chu engpawhnise, Department of History and Ethnography, Mizoram University chuan zirbingna, zirthiam na, leh zirna hrim hrim a kawng hrang hranga hma kan lakna ah “Mizo” emaw “Mizote” tih hi tuna Mizoram leh a chhehvel a chengte, an hun kaltawh leh tun hunah pawh inanna leh inkungkaihna tam tak neite sawi nan hmang ila tiin he thuchhuah hi a siam ani.

Date: 29 July 2016

Place: Aizawl