PROCEEDINGS OF MEETING OF THE ACCREDITED LEADERS
HELD AT AIJAL ON 14TH AUGUST, 1947
Chairman: Mr. L. L. Peters, Superintendent, Lushai Hills (Elected)
1. Resolved that owing to the unexpected acceleration of the date of transfer of power by the British Government and as the Lushais have not as yet been definitely informed in the details as to what is to be the proposed future constitution and form of administration of the district and as section (7) sub-section (2) of; the Indian Independence Bill does not clarify the situation, it is accordingly thought that His Excellency the Governor of Assam should kindly inform them in writing as to what these are to be, also whether Lushais are at this stage allowed the option of joining any other dominion, i.e. Pakistan or Burma. Resolved further that Superintendent, Lushai Hills, should kindly communicate above request of the Lushais to the Adviser to His Excellency, the Governor of Assam in order to clarify these points.
2. Resolved that if the Lushais are to enter Indian Union their main demands are:
(i) that the existing safeguards of their Customary Laws and land tenure, etc, should be remained.
(ii) that Chin Hills Regulation,1896,and Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation,1873 should be retained until such time as the Lushai themselves through their District Council or other District authority, declared that this can be abrogated.
(iii) that the Lushais will be allowed to opt out of the Indian Union, when they wish to do so subjected to a minimum period of ten years.
Sd/- L.L. PETERS
No. 69237-76 G of 21-8-47
Copy forwarded to all the leaders who took part in the proceedings.
Sd/- L.L. PETERS
Assistant to Superintendent,
(Source: Extract from “A Memorandum to the Secretary General of the United Nations” by ZORO, 1995)