In April, throughout the lockdown in India when a Mizo took his buddy’s lifeless physique house from Chennai, travelling greater than 3,000km in an ambulance, Mizoram’s Chief Minister Zoramthanga tweeted, “You’ve simply proven what each Mizo heartbeat means with regards to the time period ‘Tlawmngaihna!’.” Throughout the pandemic, Lalremruati added, younger folks volunteered as frontline staff and job power members risking their well being. “They sacrificed their time, well being and generally even cash, and anticipated nothing in return.”

Like many Mizo dad and mom, Lalremruati teaches her youngsters Mizo values. She believes that younger Mizos are following within the footsteps of their forefathers, such because the legendary Mizo warrior Taitesena. “Self-sacrificing and brave,” she stated, “If you work for the welfare of the group, you set ‘we’ earlier than ‘I’. If you care about different’s wellbeing, you turn out to be a tlawmngai particular person. That’s the very best type of honour in Mizo society.”

Naulak and others in Mizoram agree that tlawmngaihna is a good looking social idea. “I inform my mainland Indian pals that Mizoram is probably the most fascinating state in India,” Naulak stated, “due to their robust refusal to copy-paste what India does. They only do not. They do not wish to do it. They cling onto their values [such as tlawmngaihna] so they continue to be Mizo.”

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