Vaiphei leaders


(Lest we forget them)



To look back on the good old days of our grandfathers and their old country is not only interesting, but also nostalgic. However, the amusing anecdotes about them are incomplete and incoherent. I have a passion for history and started to delve into my father’s distant past and beyond. But, convincing evidence of the old stories is extremely rare and difficult. Some scholars and writers have made efforts, but the history of this peripatetic people remains undistinguished, incipient and unproven.


Satinthawng  :      In about 1850, Satinthawng of Vaitunsun village near Aizawl had four brothers and only one sister. He and hisfriends went to buy salt. After some day, their younger brothers went to meet them on the way. When they were passing through the forest a tiger came and killed Satinthong’s youngest brother.When they met with their brothers Satinthawng enquired about his brother. The boys told him about the incident. Satinthawng immediately left his luggage and chased after the tiger.  He shot the tiger dead and brought its head. The fangs of the tiger were displayed as trophy which was worn as a garland by his granddaughter, Mrs, Zokhawniang, the mother of Sub. Onzakham, till her death.


He had a very beautiful sister who was a good singer too. While working in their paddy field, she would sing.One day, a tiger came from the nearby forest and took her away. The people working in the paddy field tried their best to rescue her, but they could not.They called Satinthawng immediately. He took his gun and chased after the tiger. But the tiger had already killed her, and had torn her garments apart. He covered her with his shawlin tears. The tiger immediately attacked him, but he shot it dead, and took its head and displayed the skull with the protruding fangs as a trophy of his feat.


Lamzamang had two sons: Hauzasing (father of Mangtin and grandfather of Rev. Singzakham ) and his younger brother, Thangzakul (father of Liankhawthang and grandfather of Kulzadal, the Ex-President of the erstwhile V.N.O, now V.P.C). When Vaiphei people migrated to Manipur and settled down at Thuangcham, Kangkap, Teikawt, and Mualnuam, Lamzamang’s family were retained by their chief, Hautinkhup as his two sons were the strongest menof their village. In a feast Hauzasing sang a song of melancholy. The chief Hautinkhup inquired if he would migrate to Manipur. He denied, and said that if he migrates he would be punished by a tiger.


In spite of his vow, he migrated to Mualnuam village, Tuivai area in Manipur, and settled at Thuangcham village. One day, as some girlsof the village went to draw water, a girl, Lamnem’s younger sister (who is related to Kaikap, Leisang village) was caught by a tiger. The mother of the girl chased after the tiger. But the tiger refused to release her.When Pahem, the husband of Haukim (Sawngtinlam’s grandfather’s aunt) saw the panic he chased after the tigeraudaciously. He snatched the girl from the tiger. But, the tiger pursued them and unfortunately the girl had died by the time. The tiger pursued them upto their house, and tried to take out the dead.They were disturbedby the menacing tiger throughout the night. Hauzasing and Thangzakul guarded their house.The tiger avoided the two brothers and tried to attack others. However, at dawn, Thangzakul shot dead the tiger. They saved their village from the dreaded danger, and earned huge public admiration.


Hauzasing,and hisfriends, father of Siakkhai and Henkhai (father of Sawigen and grandfather of Lumkhothang) went for hunting in Tuima river area. Hauzasing shot a boar, but they could not catch it as the wounded boar managed to escape.They wanted the meat for dinnerand chased after the animal. The wounded boar was also stalked by a tiger. They knew that it would be dangerous. But, Hauzasing was not willing to yield to the threat of the tiger. They continued to chase the animal, but the tiger was faster than them. Hauzasing met the tiger suddenly. When he leaned against a dried bamboo, the bamboo broke and he fell down. The tiger attacked him. But he caught the tiger and held it by its two ears. He asked his friends to kill it. However, his friends had all ran away. He broke the neck of the tiger. But the tiger had bitten his hand and head. He left the tiger and came to their camp. His friends carried him to their village the same night.But unfortunately he succumbed to his injuries and died before dawn. All men of the village went out the next day to kill the tiger, but it had died by then.


British Invasion of Chin Hills


The British army invaded Chin Hills area in 1888-89, and controlled some villages in spite of their heroic resistance. The Sizang Chins had invited their brethren, the Vaipheisin Manipur for help. They responded immediately by sending their brave men to help them. They fought for their Sizang brethren. The name of the brave Vaiphei Volunteers were fondly remembered till now. Vumkhohau, F.R.G.S, F.R.A.I and F.R.N.S, the former Ambassador of Burmahad recorded their names clearly. He noted down their names in consultation with Khuplian of Lophei village, who preserved the records of that events. The following names of the Vaiphei Volunteers were engraved in the record of our heritagefor the posterity to remember with pride :


(1) Mangthual, Commander (the father of Rev.Lungpau).

(2) Mangpilam, leader.

(3) Kailal, leader.



(6)Tawngpimang (the grandfather of Mangkhup, the chief of Maite village).

(7) Thangkhawlian,

(8) Kailel,

(9) Pavel,

(10) Vungkam,



(13) Neithang,

(14) Pasum,






(20) Pautho,

(21) Vungzapau,

(22) Thangneikhup,

(23) Vunglian,

(24) Neipau,

(25) Pumkam,






(31) Hauzang,

(32) Thualzathang, and

(33) Matkham.

(Source :The profile of a Burma Frontier Man, page 235).


Their names were imprinted in the memory of the Vaipheis in Sizang which had evolved through the Vaiphei fraternity for the posterity. Theiraudacity against the dreaded British army in 1888 would be commemorated evermore.


World War I


The assassination of Archduke of Francis Ferdinand and his wifeon 28th June, 1914 at the town of Sarajevo in Serbia precipitated the First World War. Austria declared war on 28th July 1914, which was enlarged into World War within 37 days. The World powers were divided into two camps. The centre power- Germany, Austria-Hungary, Hapsburg Empire and Ottoman Empire fought against the Entente Powers: Britain, France, Russia, Italy and Japan. The battles were mainly fought in the Middle East, Africa, Palestine and Europe and the European countries. The British deployed15,00,000 soldiers. Being part of the then British India, Nagaland, Lushai Hills and Manipur were also ordered to contribute man power. TheChin Hills sent 4000 men. Manipur also sent 2000 boys for Labour Corps.Many Vaiphei boys were deployed in Europe and elsewhere. They joined the Labour Corps and went out to assist the War in many parts of the world and saw the ambience of Western cities and culture. I could collect only few names of Vaiphei who joined the Labour Corps of India from Manipur. They are:


(1)Mangtinkhai, Maite, (later Chief of Kangvai Village)

(2)Lianvai, Maite,

(3)Genzalam, Maite, (father of Khanthang of Kangvai)

(4)Khupkhai, Maite, (later Chief of Diglang Village)

(5)Khaivung, Maite (Rev. Khaivung, Kangvai, father of Dolian Kapvung, Headmaster)                 (6) Zamgen, Tuikul Village, Burma,

(7)Lunkhawhen, Chawngkhawzo, (father of Tawngbawi of Saipum)

(8) Thuallun, Chawngkhawzo (father of Siakkhawgen, and grand father of Lunpau)          

(9)Pauzalut, Tawnglawn (Grandfather of Dawnlianthang of Lingsiphai)

(10)Sumchin, Dumdephai Village (Grandfather of Chinzakham, died in 1965)                  

(11)Sumkhawzam, Tawnglawn Village, (father of Elder Kamtinthang of Tangmual),        

(12) Khupzapau of Tawnglawn Village,

(13)Ginthang, Tawnglawn Village (younger brother of Sumkhawzam)

(14) Siakkhup, Tawnglawn,(father of Thiankhawpau of Pengzang)

(15)Sutkai, Tawnglawn Village (father of Kailal of Tangmual,

(16)Khupkai, Tawnglawn, (Grandfather of Kaineilal of Lingsiphai,

(17) Thangzakai, Santing Village, (father of Kimkhawniang of Lingsiphai,

(18)Mangtinlut, Vawkbual Village,

(19)Lulkam, Chawngkhawzo Village,

(20) Sumkhawsawi, Chawngkhawzo Village,

(21)Thanggin, Maite, (father of Kamkhawhau of Nachangzawl in Haflong)

(22)Tawngkhawlut, Kamkeilawn (later settled at Saihum Village,

(23) Awnkhawchin, Kamkeilawn Village,

(24) Paukim, Kawlhen Village (later settled at Lungchuang)

(25)Thangkhaw, Chawngkhawzo, (father of Tawngkham)and

(26) Vumzathang, Chawngkhawzo (father of Evan. Hemtinthang),             Lingsiphai).                


Two thousand young men from Manipur left Imphal for France towards Dimapur on foot. There was no motorable road between Imphal and Dimapur. They went for about a week under the leadership of Captain and Rev. William Pettigrew.  They had worked in France, Italy, Mesopotamia, Suez Canal, Sinai and Palestinearea. The British deployed more than 15 lakh Indian soldiers and Labour Corps. 74000 Indian soldiers were killed and more than 96000 were wounded.When the Vaiphei young men had seen European cities and their civilization, their attitude had changed. They were impressed with their civilization and education. The tidiness of the European cities, advancement of the civilization there and the decency and etiquettes of the girls who warmly welcome them as a token of their appreciation of their heroic sacrifices had lastingimpact on them.


World War II


After two decades of the First World War, the Second World Warbroke out on 3rd September, 1939. The war had immediately shattered British and Russian Empires. The British Government mustered maximum military forces from India, and sent more than eleven lakh soldiers for the war. Many Vaiphei young men foughtthe terrible war in Singapore, Manipur, Nagaland and Burma, and some of them were deployed at Meerut, Lucknow, Patna, Allahabad, and Madras.But, the memory of such terrible and shockingly scenes had faded away within half a century, and some names of the war veterans were lost in the mists of time. Many of them left the army as soon as the Government discharged them generously. However, a very few of them were not forgotten, and their names are:


  1. Sub.Major Sawikhup. Kangchup Chingkhong.
  2. Sub. Mangsawi, Muntha.
  3. Paukhawtin, Bualtang (TipaimukhRoad, Lamka).
  4. Sawitinthawng (Tipaimukh Road, Lamka).
  5. Thangtinthawng (Diglang Village, Cachar).
  6. Tualkhawgin (Diglang Village, Cachar).
  7. Khaikhohen Maite (Lingsiphai).
  8. Tawngbawi, Saipum.
  9. Sawnglam, Pengzang (Bizang Vaiphei Veng).
  10. Lamzasawi, Lumte Village, (Phaikhawlum).
  11. Lunkhawlam, Phaikhawlum ( Changzal Village).
  12. Genlian s/o Rev.Lungpau, Maite.
  13. Khaikhawgin, Kangvai.
  14. Letkhawpau, Chief of Thingkeu Village.
  15. Zamkhawpau, Lingsiphai.
  16. Tawngtinthang (father of Khaitinlam) Lingsiphai.
  17. Sawitin, Pengzang (father of Satlianthang).
  18. Mangkhawthang, Pengzang Village.
  19. Zamhau, Pengzang Village.
  20. Gokam, S.Kotlian,
  21. Sawipu (Henzasawi) Leisang.
  22. Suankhai, Lungchuang (Died in Burma)
  23.  Tawngkhawlam, Lungchuang (Died in Burma). 
  24. Sawitimthang, Leisang.
  25. Khamzalian, Chawngkhawzo (Died in Burma), and
  26. Liankhai, Kawlhen (Died in Burma)


These veteran soldiers fought the fierce battles at Kohima, Imphal, Bishnupur,Torbung and Churachandpur and had seen such terrible bloodshed. The names of these indelible battle fields were chanted in the folklore of the world. Japanese war planes had dropped more than 50 bombs on Churachandpur Mission Compound alone. The scenes of such horrors in the war were a nightmare and the sight of the wounded and dead soldiers hurt the sentiments of the whole humanity.





Thangkai and Lungpau went to Sinzawl in Lushai Hills to buy rice from a Government distribution in 1907. The literary transactions in the course of the activity of the Government officials were like magic for them, which impressed them much.They were mesmerized by the writing and recording which the Officials could read and use as a source of information. This exposure inspired them so much that they resolved to undertake education. Therefore, they went to Sairang and Phuaibuang villages in 1908 forto educate themselves in Schools located there.After learning the basics there, they furtherproceeded to Aizawl in 1909 and they passed class II in 1910-1911. In their pursuit of education, they came under the tutelage of Watkin Roberts, a Welsh missionary who had volunteered to bring the Good News of the Gospel of Salvation to the dark areas of Mizoram and Manipur. Watkin Roberts distributed the Gospel of John those days. Kamkholun, the Chief of Senvawn who could read and write, was impressed by the Gospel and invited the Missionaries to his Village. Watkin Roberts immediately went to Senvawn with Lungpau, Thangkai and three others. The chief of the Senvawn Village welcome them and allowed them to establish a school at Senvawn. On their return journey, Thangkai and Lungpau became Christian at Vervek on 17th February, 1910. Thangkai was appointed as Teacher Evangelist at Leisen Village in 1910. Lungpau was also immediately appointed as Evangelist at Tinsuong in 1912.


Rev. Lungpau, the son of Mangthual, was born in 1882 at Pinpi Village in Burma. He passed class II in 1911, was appointed as Evangelist in 1912 and ordained as Pastor in 1924. He was truthful, honest and upright like Abraham. He neveruse vulgar language. He maintained decency and humility throughout his life. He was an excellent worker of God and asblameless as the prophets. Lungpau and his family migrated from Thuangcham to Maite in the 1890s. He proselytized enthusiastically and established many Churches during his service. He converted his parents and relatives and many other people. From only two Christians in 1910 the number of Christians multiplied rapidly and the Christian population had exceeded ten thousand during his active service time.Lungpau’s siblings: (1)Niangkhawting (mother of Vungkhawsawi,Kangvai) (2) Mangkhawdim (Wife of Evan.Manghen) (3) Laltinkhup (4) Mangtinkhai (Grandfather of Khailianthang IPS) (5) Mangtinniang (Mother of Elder Thualkhohen).Lungpau’s children are: (1) Thualkhawkam (2) Genlianthang (3) Lallianvung (4) Thualzakap (5) Niangzahawi and (6) Ngultinkhup B.A, BT. He lived a very long life and died at the ripe age of 102 at Maite Village on 7th Sept. 1984.


Rev. Thangkai, was born in 1881 to Awnzalal and Tawngngai at Sialhawk in Mizoram. His father died early and he was poor from hischildhood. But he was good and intelligent in education and passed class II in 1910. He was appointed as teacher at Leisen Mission Schooland was also authorized to administer Christian marriages in all villages of Kailam area. He was the pioneer of Vaiphei literature. Gospel John in Vaiphei and a hymn book in Vaiphei were brought out through his efforts. He was simple, good, sincere and honest. He was a good Evangelist preaching the Gospel day after day. He had no ego and pride. He was a quintessence of Gospel worker. When he was 88 years old, he died at Thingchom village on 21st Aug. 1969.His children: (1) Rev.Lalliansawi, Headmaster, Maite ME School and a reputed Pastor (2)Damtinkhawl (Wife of Lampum Gangte), Chiengkonpang, Churachandpur, (3)Lallianhau (4)Lalkhawlian B.A, B.T., Headmaster, Bungsang High School, Nagaland, (5)Evan. Ngultinkai, and (6)Dimnu. All of them have gone to the eternal home, but their deeds on the Christians with whom they worked would endure forever more.


Evan. Luathang, son of Thangzalal, was born in 1891 at Umtal village. After passing class II in 1912 at Leisen he was baptized by Rev.Ralzadala. After sometime he was appointed as Teacher-Evangelist and worked with Rev. Ralzadal and H.K. Dohnuna. He married Thawngzating, daughter of Lungen in 1914.Further, he was transferred to Chawngkhawzoin1919. He was one of the teachers who looked after the NEIG Mission School at Khawpuibung from 1914-1919. After that he was a Mission teacher at Chawngkhawzo upto 1929. After Watkin Roberts and H.H.Coleman had a serious dispute over the authority of the N.E.I.G. Mission, Luathang did not want to join Coleman, and left the job in 1931. He died at Saipum village in 1952. His children are: 1) Lalliangen (Lallian), 2) Henkhawpau 3) Ngakkim and 4)Tinkham.


Evan. Khualsut was the brother-in-law of Rev. Lungpau and was avery active and sincere worker for the Lord. He was illiterate but he had an excellent knowledge and memory. He was one of the most important pillars for the nascent Christian church at Maite. Rev. H.H.Coleman was very much impressed by his enthusiasm, and he tookhim to Calcutta once.He inspired the Christians to stand firmly for God. He was a Christian soldier marching towards God, the Saviour. He was a most faithful and most effective follower of God.


Rev. Khaivung,son of Bulgen, was born in 1897 at Maite. He was drafted into Labour Corps of Manipur and sent to France in 1917. They went to Dimapur on foot and sailed for Europe. He had wonderful experiences during his conscription into Labour Corps. The ruined cities, the shattered buildings, the wounded soldiers and the corpse of the soldiers had overwhelmedhim.He prayed to God to protect his life to see his parents alive. He made a vow that if he could return safely he would devote his life for God. God answered his prayer and he also fulfilled his promise. When he passed class IV in 1921, he was appointed as Evangelist by Rev. Ralzadala. He was ordained as Pastor in 1936 at Gelmual village by Rev. Lungpau. He worked in Kuki areas, Chakpikarong area and Meitei area. He migrated to Kangvai where he died in 1959. He composed many sacred songs and was a devoted pastor who had proselytized among the Nagas, Meiteis, Kukis and the Vaipheis. His children are (1) Genzathang (2) Chawngneingai, (3) Siakdolian (S. Dolian Kapvung, M.A), (4) Thangmingen, (5) Vanlalvuan, (6) Khaikhanlel, (7) Sawitinniang, (8) Lalngaiting and (9) Lalzakham.


Evan. Thangtinlel was born to Pauneikhup and Ngaipha in 1901 at Umtal village. He passed class VI in 1923 from Lakhipur Mission School and he founded a Mission School at Maite in 1924. As youths of the Village were keen to study he spent most of his time proselytizing the Gospel. His school was the nucleus of education in the Village and some youths could read and write within a few years. However he died untimely on 7th June,1936. The names of his Children are:(1) Phatinhawi  (2)Nianzakhawl (3) Rev. Khupkhawthang Elvung, (4) Kaitinpau (5) and (6)Genngaithang. He was an honest, genial and enthusiastic Christian worker: He served the Lord only for fourteen years, but the seed of the Gospel and education sown by him flourished after him.He laid the foundation of education at Maite, and the ember steadily kindled to enlighten the whole new generation.


Rev. Zamkai, the second son of Vumkhai was born in 1900 at Maite village. He passed class VI at Lakhipur Mission School, and completed the Theological Course from Dinwiddie Memorial Bible School in 1932. He served as Mission teacher at Chawngkhawzo and was transferred to Phurpui village in 1936. He was promoted to Evangelist in 1947 and migrated to Maite village. He was ordained as Pastor in 1950 at Saikawt Assembly, and was transferred to Phiran Village. After five years he was again transferred to Leisang Village in 1955. He retired from Gospel service in 1975. He died on 20th October 1992. His wife, Thianlungnem, is now more than 85 years. The children of Rev. Zamkai are: (1) Khaihau AAO, (2) Thianneilal BA, BT, Headmaster, (3) Lamkhawlun, Inspector, Taxation Dept. (4) Chawngneiniang, (5) Khaineithang (6) Lal Benlian, (7) Thianneikim, (8) Khawlzaniang (9) Khummuanzo, and (10) Mary. He was the Chairman of M.C.O. (now EOC) for many years.


Supdt.Siakzalam, son of Lungen was born in 1909, at Chawngkhawzo. As his uncle, Nekpum had been a Christian and a preacher like Rev. R.Dala, all members of his family were Christians. He went to Tinsuong, Aizawl, Lakhipurand Imphal for studies. When he failed in the matriculation examination he devoted his time for the Gospel. He translated many songs from Hymn books and published a hymn book in Vaiphei, called “La Thiangtho Bu”. He further translated the Holy Bible in Vaiphei which was published after his death. He was sick and hospitalized in Civil Hospital, Imphal and died on 27th Dec. 1977. He wished to complete and publish the Vaiphei Holy Bible, but he could not materialize it in his lifetime. The Holy Bible was completed and dedicated on 30th Aug. 1981, three years after his death. His children are: (1) Niangtinhawi (Niangvawm) (2) Kimlianting (Lianbawi) and (3) Hlingkhawniang (Khuanga). He was the backbone of the Vaiphei Christian Literature.


Rev. Liankhawpau was born to Pauzasel and Niangzakim in 1917 at Bungkawt village. He passed class IV in1932 from Kangvai L.P.School, and was appointed as teacher in 1934. But he left the job and went to Jorhat and studied theology at Jorhat Bible School. On graduation from the Bible School he was appointed as Evangelist for Lengluang area. R. Dala Memorial Bible School was established at Senvon and Liankhawpau was appointed as the Principal on 7th July 1947. The Bible School flourished and the ambience of Senvon village received spiritual awakening. He was ordained as Pastor on 12th Feb.1948 at Parbung village. R.Dala Memorial Bible School was shifted from Senvawn to Kangvai in 1953. He produced more than fifty Evangelists and Pastors. Most of them were spiritual and effective preachers. He composed more than 300 devotional hymns which, many of which are now the popular hymns sung in most Vaiphei church worship services. He was an intelligent,spiritual and talented Pastor. He became seriously ill and died untimely on 15th Feb.1976 at Alipore Mission Hospital, Baskandi, Cachar. His wife, Lamtinkhawl and his children mourned for many years. His children were: (1) Kimhawiting (2) Seltinthang (3) Lalngaikung (4) Sumkhawlam (5) Paulianmang (6) Niangngaiting (7) Thiankhawnem (8) Khaineihawi (9) Lalvul (10) Manglallem (11) Lalmalsawm (12) and Benzamin. He was a great poet and a great preacher.


Rev. Lamzakhai was born to Siakneithang and Hawingai, in 1916 at Bungkawt village. He was converted into Christianity in 1931 by Evan. Kamkhogin and was baptized by Rev. Thangchhingpuia in 1933. He married Nianghau on 20th Nov. 1943. He was ordained as Church elder in 1946 and was also appointed as an Evangelist in 1946.He settled down at Suangphu in Haokip area. He was ordained as Pastor in 1956 at Lingsiphai MCO Assembly. After serving the Lord for 36 years, he retired in 1982. He died on 1st May.1999. His seven children are: (1) Khawlneihawi (2) Thianneiting (3) Thangtinkhup (4) Goliankap (5) Ngaineikim (6) Benzamin and (7) Niangdawikim. Many thousands paid tribute to his life and work.


Rev.Pautinlamwas born in 1912 at Mawngjang. He was educated at Chawngkhawzo and Churachandpur. After completing Middle English Course in 1941 he was appointed as teacher and posted at Vawkbual.  After working as Evangelist for some years he was ordained as pastor at MCO Assembly at Pangsang in 1957.Since then he settled down at Pangsang for many years.After many years he was transferred to Thingkeu. He was one of the main pillars of M.C.O.Church organisation. He died on 12th January 1992, and his children are: 1.Luanzaphal, 2.Zuanlal, 3.Tinkhawl, 4.Johny 5.Ngaineikim 6.Hawiting 7.Ngullianmang and 8.Thianneiniang. His wife Lamzating was the sister of Elder Ngulthang.


Rev.Lalliansawi was born to Rev.Thangkai and Kimzating on 4th Aug.1916 at Bualtang village. Hewent to Tinsuong for primary education and later studied at Churachandpur Mission School. After passing class VI he joined Dinwiddie Bible School for theological Diploma Course. He was appointed as guardian of the students. He went to Jorhat for High School education but could not complete class VII due to the outbreak of Second World War in 1939. He came back to Churachandpur and was appointed as Quartermaster of British Forces. After the War, he was appointed as Mission teacher at Maite village in 1946. He married Hawitai in the same year.He was the most sincere, hard working and successful headmaster of his time. He produced many successful students, who became Govt. officials in various Departments. Many of his students became teachers. evangelists, pastors and important officers (Rev. Khupkhawthang Elvung, Somkholal, M.A. former President, VNO, Kaihau Vaiphei, IDAS, former Accountant General, Manipur, andmany others). His children are 1.Tingneikim, 2.Chawngngai, 3.JimMarniang, 4.Thianneiniang, 5.Nianghawiting, 6.Khawlneiphal, 7.Kailal and 8.Chawnglianmawi.


Rev.KhukhawthangElvungwas born to Thangtinlel and Gokhawting at Maite village on 27th Dec.1932. He passed Class VI from Maite village.After that he studied at Churachandpur Mission Schooland passed Class VIII in 1950. He graduated from Dinwiddie Memorial Bible School in 1953 under Rev. R.C. Paddock and was appointed as teacher at the Mission Junior High School in the same year. He was married to Nemzahat in 1956. When he became a Mission worker he worked enthusiastically, and he impressed the then Missionary, R.C.Paddock. withhis probity and equanimity. Therefore, he was a most trustworthy mission worker. He was entrusted to deal with the most important matters pertaining to NEIG Mission and their headquartersin Philadelphia, USA. He effected dimensional development of the MCO Church. He was ordained as pastor on 12th Mar.1967. After serving the Lord for more than forty years, he retired in 1993. After sixteen years from his retirement,he died on 2nd Oct.2009 at Imphal. His children are: 1.Phaneihawi, 2. Lelthianlal, 3.KapBanyan, 4.Tingngaikhawl, 5.Pauliansiam (Bensam) 6.Manthiankim, 7.Khaiminlian, 8.Liansawnmang  and9.Kimkhawnei.


Rev.Selkhawlam,the second son of Siakdal and Dawmting, was born on 15th May 1927 at Maite. He became Christian in 1935. He passed class VI in 1945. He studied theology at Dinwiddie Bible School in 1950 under Rev.Rostad and Mrs.Ella Rostad. He completed Diploma in theology fromR.Dala Bible School, Senvon, and was appointed as teacher in 1953 at Rovakot. He was ordained as pastor on 6th March 1977 at MCO Assembly, Mata by Rev.Khupkhawthang. He served the Lord for more than 30 years and retired in 1987. He was a very spiritual and devoted pastor. He married Saithanthuom on 24th Sept.1954. During his service he had been transferred to the following villages: 1.Rovakawt, 2.Pawnpi, 3.Thingkeu, 4.Dumdephai 5.Khantang, and 6. Phaikhawlum.After that he settled down at Churachandpurand died on 7th Mar.2012. His children are: 1.Vungzakhawl 2.Lalkolian. 3.Lalzarzo 4.Zothangsiam, 5.Lalkorban  7.Dallianmawi, 8.Khamzalal, 9.Tingnei,10.Lamgen,and 11.Nianglianhawi. He was one of the most spiritual Mission workers.


Rev. Siaktinkham, son of Minkhai, was born on 25th July, 1917 at Vawkbual. He became Christian on 25th Feb.1923 and was baptized by Rev. Thangchhingpui in 1925. He was appointed as evangelist in 1954, and worked at Kangvai village. After more than ten years, he was ordained as Pastor on 14th Mar.1965 by Rev. Vanlalngaka at Silchar, and was working at Chaktang village in Sadar Hills. He retired in 1977, and died in 1993. His children are: 1. Dongtinlam, 2. Khaizakhual, 3. Siakdozam, 4. Henzawlthang, 5.Sawizadam, and 6. Lamkhawlal.


Evan. Manghen, father of Lutzathang (Lutpi), Hilltown, former President, V.N.O.was one of the first Evangelists from Vaiphei tribe. He became Christian in 1912, and got primary education at Tinsuang and Darjeeling in 1914-16. He was a very active Evangelist. Thangkai and Manghen translated the Gospel of St. John in 1917 which was the first book in Vaiphei dialect. He was posted at Saichang in Gangte and Kuki areas as an Evangelist. He was intelligent, able and active evangelist. During the Second World War he was engaged by the British soldiers, and unfortunately did not return home. He died in 1939. He made the beginning of the Vaiphei literature to be steadily fructified after many years.


Evan. Lunkhawhen,father of Tawngbawi, Saipum was born at Chawngkhawzo Village. He passed class II from Mission school, Leisen. He was Evangelist teacher at Imphal during 1914-17. He was good in Manipuri and could teach the Gospel of Salvation among the Meiteis. He joined Manipur Labour Corps in 1917 and had worked for the British Empire for about a year. He was engaged in Italy, France and Palestine. He came back to Manipur in 1918, and remained at Saipum. His son, Tawngbawi is one of the eldest Church elders of Saipum Village.


Evan. Sumzathang (Father of Thiana),son of Vumzatawng was one of the oldest Christians. He became Christian and studied in Mission School upto class II. He was an enthusiastic preacher of Gospel and posted as Evangelist teacher among the Haokip at Nazaang Village. After some time he was transferred to Kawlhen and Sinzaang Village. He preached in open air as there was no Church building in most of the villages. His wife Chinglun was an active helper to him. The names of their children are: (1) Thiankhopau (VS Thiana) (2) Tingkhawnem (3) Niangzaphal (4) Lamzakim (5) Mannu (6) Biaknu (7) Tawnglal and (8) Thawnglam. He was one of the earliest torch bearers during 1930s.


Evan. Hemtinthang, son of Vumzathang was born in 1910 at Chawngkhawzo Village. He got his primary education at Chawngkhawzo Mission School. He became Christian in 1920s and served as Evangelist in the Independent Church from 1940s. He was a devout preacher and Evangelist. His wife, Bualkhawting was equally enthusiastic and active in her husband’s evangelical work. He got Diploma in Theology from the R. Dala Memorial Bible School, Kangvai in 1956. He was one of the founding members of Vaiphei Religious Committee. He served Evangelical work for more than two decades. When he was old, he developed health problems and died on 11th Oct. 1967. His children are: (1) Manneikim (2) Niangneihawi (3) Khawlngainem (4) Thanglianbel (5) Vungkapthang (6) Kamkhawlal (7) Rev Khailianmang and (8) Lalkhawnei. He was the most spiritual evangelist and an able administrator in Independent Church of Vaiphei area under Rev. Watkin Roberts.


Evan. Paukam,son of Khuplam was born in 1914 at Chawngkhawzo. He passed Class IV at Moinathol. He was appointed as teacher at Saipum in 1940. After sometime, he was transferred to S.Kotlian as Evangelist in 1946. He was a very sincere and hardworking Evangelist. He died on 21st August, 1993. His children are: 1. Neikim, 2. Sibawi, 3. Khaithianlal, 4.Thianneilal and 5. Rev Haulalven. He was one of the most important pillars of Independent Church, and his son, Rev. Haulalven is one of the leading pastors in Khuga and Sadar Prebytery.


Evan. Tualkhawdai, son of Lulkai, was born in 1920 at Chawngkhawzo. He was educated at Kangvai L.P School. He read up to class IV. He was appointed as a government teacher. He left government job in 1950. After that he was appointed as evangelist by the Independent church. He died on 24th December, 1961 at Leilon village, but was buried at Kangvai cemetery. His children are: 1. Rev. Kaikhawhang (Kailum) 2. Hawineikim 3.Nemthianvak 4.Zamlalmawi 5.Ngaithiannem and 6.Lamsamkim. He was one of the pioneering members of the Vaiphei Nation Organization.




Genzapau, son of Lalkhawsan was born in 1891 at Saite village in Mizoram. He passed Class II in 1912. He was engaged by the government as interpreter at D.C’s office, Imphal. After sometime, he was appointed as Lambu at Tamenglong in 1918. When he became Christian, he left the government job and became the church leader at Kangvai in 1924. He married Sawitinkhawl on 27th Aug, 1925. He was ordained as Church Elder in 1927. He was one of the most active and effective leaders of Independent Church. Government of Manipur had then imposed many restrictions on the Independent Church due to serious complaints lodged by H.H.Coleman. Genzapau  was the guide of Rev. Dohnun and Independent church leaders to represent their case before the authorities of Manipur administration. Due to his able guidance, the Government of Manipur had relented and eased many punitive restrictions. They were allowed construction of churches and evangelistic work within their jurisdictions. His children are: 1. Niangneikim, 2. Maj. Lalkai, 3. Pautinlam, 4. Kaikhawgin Vaiphei, IFS 5. Thawngkhawlal, 6.Nemzakim, 7.Thiangngaichawng, and 8. Remlalthang. He deserves commemoration of Christians for his work to liberate the churches from the punitive restrictions of the Government


Kaitinkham, son of Lulkai was born in1905 at Chawngkhawzo. He passed Class II atImphal in 1915. He was ordained as Church Elder in 1946. He died at the age of 102 in 2007. He was the most spiritual Church Elder in his time. His children are: 1.Kaikhawthong, 2.Khaikhawthang, 3. Tinkhawpau, 4. Nemtinniang, 5. Kailiando, 6. Kimneinem, 7. Genthianhawi,8.Thianngailian, 9.Lamthianzuan, 10. Lalpianni, 11.Dawilianting, 12.Nemhawiting, 13.Nemthianngak, and 14. Rev.Khupvanlallian. He was the one of the revivalists, and ever joyful in his long life. God’s Spirit inspired him throughout his long life.


Henkhawpau, son of Pauneikhup and Ngaipha, was born in August, 1913 at Umtal village. He became Christian on 10th Oct. 1940, and was baptized on 26th Jan. 1941 by Rev. Lungpau. He worked as church elder since 1945, but was ordained as Church in 1949. He was Sunday School examiner in Kailam Range of NEIG Mission. His children are: 1. Phaneiting, 2. Kimtinhawim 3. Khuptinlam 4. Kaihau Vaiphei, IDAS, 5. Pauzalal 6.Khupzakham and 7.Khamzalian.


Khupkhai, son of Tawngkam, was born in1897 at Pamzal. He married Lunkhawchin, daughter of Khualsut in 1929 at Chawngkhawzo. He had basic education at Chawngkhawzo Mission school. He was church elder of Chawngkhawzo from 1928. He died in October, 1982. His children are 1. Kamtinsawi  2. Thawngzakai  3. Suttinkham  4. Chawngzahawi   5.Lamtinthang and 6.Henkhohau. When Evan. Luathang left Chawngkhawzo, Khupkhai was the church elder of Chawngkhawzo.


Tawngbawi, son of Lunkhawhen was born at Chawngkhawzo in 1919. He had primary education at Chawngkhawzo Misson school. He joined Indian Army in 1939, and had fought the most shocking battles during World War II. He was amiable and a very good footballer. He was the most constructive and active church elder in the Khuga-Sadar Presbytery. His children are: 1. Hawikhawlam 2. Henneipau 3.Nemneihawi 4.Lalneikim 5.Genneilal 6.Lunkhawlian 7.Khawltinlam 8.Pauginthang 9.Lalsangkim 10.Henkhawmang 11.Lamthianniang and 12.Khaineilal. He was First the World War veteran and also the spiritual war veteran for more than five decades.


Manggin, son of Neisawi, was born at Chawngkhawzo in 1909. He passed class II at Chawngkhawzo Mission School. He was ordained as church elder in 1956. He was a very efficient and hardworking church elder. However, he was not healthy and died in April, 1959. His children are: 1. Dimtinniang  2. Hawikhawnei  3. Sawizavai  4. Zuankhawlam 5.Kimneiphal  6. Thangkhawkam 7.Lalneihawi  and 8. Lamkhawlun. He was a very popular church leader.


Thualkawhen,son of Khualsut, was born at Maite in 1916. His father, Khualsut was the acting church elder of Maite Church. From his childhood he was active in church work. He was ordained in 1946. His children are: 1. Sutkhawlam  2. Rev. Kaikhawgin  3. Niangneikhawl  4. Thianhoiting 5 Paulianmang 6.Leljohanthang 7.Khaiminthang 8.Kimcha. He was a raconteur who could control the sentiment of children to imbibe Bible stories and to inculcate the good Christianity in them.


Paukai, son of Tawngkai, was born in 1903 at Chawngkhawzo. He married to Siakpha, daughter of Lungen. He had education from Sunday school and could read Bible and hymn book. He was ordained as church elder in 1939. He died on 27th November 1990 at Saipum. He has only one daughter, Lalngainem. He was a very sincere and honest church elder.


Paulet, son of Khupgen, was born in 1910 at Kawlhen. He was the leader of Lingsiphai MCO church from 1961, and was subsequently ordained as church elder at MCO Assembly, Pangsang in 1957. He was a very sincere and faithful church elder. His children are: 1. Gentinlam 2. Lettinthang  3. Dimngainiang  4. Khupneikim  5. Manlalting  6. Khawlneivak  7. Lalneikim  and 8. Hawineilam. He died on 6th June, 1991.


Paukhawhen, son of Vungkhai, was born in 1921 at Nappho village. He was ordained as church elder in 1944. He was educated from Sunday school. He died on 4th December, 2010 at Hmuia veng, Churachandpur. His children are: 1. Thangkhawting,  2. Khaichiin  3. Chawngthiam  4. Chawngtinkim  5. Nianghawi  6. Haulal  7. Khaitinthang  8. Lamtinlian  9. Chawngngainem  10. Nemthianngai. He was a very able and faithful church elder.


Thangtingen, son of Ningpimang, born at Chawngkhawzo in 1924. He was ordained as church elder of Kangvai  in 1956 and was a very spiritual church leader. He died in 1976 at Kangvai. His children are:  1. Dawingainem 2. Sawitinkap  3. Thianneihawi and 4.Lalventhang.





Thengkhawkai, son of Mangsawi was a contemporary of Rev.Lungpauand Thangkai. He had grittiness from his childhood, as he could go to Imphal in his younger days, and stayed in the house of Hatnieng’s father whose wife was a Vaiphei woman. He studied at William Pettigrew’s Primary school, Imphal and passed Class II. He was appointed as Lambu in D.C.’s office, Imphal. In course of time he was promoted to Lamsubedar, who was the supervisor of Head Lambus of various districts. He was one of the most powerful officials in the D.C.’s office. He died in 1946. His children are: Sawitinpau, 2. Ngulzaniang, and 3. Lunkhawlal. He was the pioneering Government servant among the Vaipheis, and also the first Vaiphei who had settled down at Imphal. He used his best endeavours to inspire and promote education for the new generation.



Lunkhaiwas the second son of Thangsel and Tawngnem of Maite. He passed class VI in 1914 and was appointed as Lambu in 1917. As the SDO’s office of Churachandpur was not functioning properly he was utilised as a govt teacher at Chawngkhawzo from 1925 -1948. During the 2nd World War he left and settled down at Maite. 1. Pauneikhai, Dy. Minister, 2.Damzakhai, Joint Director(Retd.)  3. Lutzakham, D.I, and 4.Hausuan were his students. He died in1987. His eldest son, Selzakap B.A. was a good footballer, talented leader, and the best President of the Vaiphei Students Association of his time.


Thualkhawthang, son of Lalsawi was born at Chawngkhawzo in 1905. He passed class VI from ME School, Moirangkhom, Imphal, and worked as an L.P. Teacher at Kangvai from 1931. Rev.Liankhawpau, Lallianvung, Tualkhawdai, Thualneng, Nekkam, Lianzagen and Liankhawkaiwere educated from his school in the early 1930s. He was transferred to Churachandpur ME School 1937. He died in 1946 at Kangvai village. His children are: 1.Sawineithang, 2.Tualkhawm, 3.Kaikhawlal 4.Sawitinmang 5.Senvawm 6.Lamkam MCS and7.Tinlet


Lulkhai,son of Pauhen was born about 1900. He studied at Pettigrew School and Moirangkhom L.P. School at Imphal in 1918. After sometime, he went to Kangpokpi and studied at American Baptist M.E.School and passed class VI in 1927. He got appointment as teacher for Kangvai L.P. School. He served there as teacher upto his superannuation in February, 1968. He was one of the kind hearted teachers and could attracted many children to study in his school. He was a very sincere, honest and hardworking, and his utmost sincerity in service was commended by the Education Department. His children are: 1.Jamtinpau 2.Songkhawhau3.Kimtinnem and4.Khawmngaiting.  He died on 8th January, 1990. He was one of the best teachers.


Sawitinpau, son of Thengkhawkai was born in 1916 at Munpi (Chawngkhawzo). He studied at Churachand High School, Imphal upto Class X. He was one of the best players in football and hockey of the Churachand High School. His reputation in games and sports earned a good name for his school and the appreciation of Priyabrata Singh, the famous prince of Manipur. Being one of the most educated students of Vaiphei he initiated Vaiphei Students social activities and held meetings occasionally at his house, Old Lambulane, Imphal. However, his father chastened him to give more attention to his studies. Nevertheless, he was the organizer of the first Vaiphei Students Conference at Maite (1939). He acted as the Secretary and Vumpau was the Chairman. But, before he could complete Class X he died untimely on 6th July, 1940, and left the fledgling Vaiphei Students Association. But, the ember of the Vaiphei Students Association was steadily kindled in course of time, and the same flourished particularly from the 1950s. His lone son, Kaitinkhup had retired some years back from Churachandpur College as senior Lecturer. He was the founder of the Vaiphei Student Association. He deserved rich commendation of the new generation.


Thianlam, son of Thangtin was born in 1918 at Chawngkhawzo. He was lovable, healthy and intelligent. He went to Imphal on foot with his senior colleagues as inspired by his alacrity. He was too young to live on self-support which was the real test of his mettle. At the age of eleven he went to Imphal on foot. He had determination and panache. He was the topper of Manipur class II examination all over Manipur and he earned commendation. He passed matriculation in 1947 and  graduated in 1951 from Scottish Church College, Calcutta with philanthropic donations from many benevolent individuals of the community. He founded a High School at Churachandpur in 1951-52, which was later called Churachandpur High School. He sincerely looked after the fledgling High School for more than one decade. Later on, he got promotion upto Joint Director. He was highly regarded and admired. Being the founder of the first High School in Churachandpur District,he was the academic beacon for the new generation.Some of his brilliant students could get IAS, IPS IOFS, IDAS and IRS. They remembered him for his able guidance and constructive vision. His children are: (1) Tinlianthang, (Judge, Gauhati High Court) (2) Khamlianlal, (3) Benzamin, I.R.A.S and (4) Tawnminthang. He was the pioneer in the field of academy and guiding force for the posterity. He died on 9th June 1999 and his funeral was attended by many Officers and politicians including the then Chief Secretary of Manipur, H. Jelshyam who was his student.  He was the first scholar in the academia of Manipur South District and a true educationist.


Dr. Damzakhai, the son of Mangneithang and Khawllam was born in 1924 at Chawngkhawzo village. He got his primary education from Chawngkhawzo L.P School and Thingkeu School in 1936. He passed class VI from Churachandpur Mission School. After that he studied at Churachand High School, Imphal and he passed class X in 1953. He contested the M.L.A election in 1948 and was elected from the Churachandpur Constituency. But, Govt. of India did not accept the election and the system of Manipur administration was changed into Advisory Board.After that he left politics and joined Veterinary Department as Asstt. Surgeon. He got further promotion upto Joint Director. He retired after 35 years of service in 1988 and settled down peacefully at New Checkon, Imphal. He died on 11th May 2013 leaving his wife, Chinkhoniang and children (1) Chingngaikim (2)Khawmngaiting  (3)Thangliankhup  and (4)Lamchawng. He was the first successful politician from the Vaiphei community.


Major Lalkai was born to Genzapau and his wife Sawitinkhawl in 1929. After completing primary education at Kangvai L.P.School, he studied at Imphal and passed Matriculation in 1950. He studied I.A in Cotton College,Gauhati in 1952. After that Rishang Keising, M.P.took him to New Delhi and he worked as LDC in the Central Secretariat. But he left his service in Delhi and studied CivilEngineering Course(Diploma) at Gauhati, and completed the course in 1953. As he was given scholarship from the NEFA (Arunachal Pradesh) Administration he served in Arunachal as SO, CPWD. He did pioneering job for new cutting road between Pasighat and Along. He joined Indian Army as Emergency Commissioned Officer (EC) in 1964 and was regularized as Indian Commissioned Officer (IC) since 1969. He took part in the Bangladesh war in 1971. He was the first Vaiphei in the Indian Army asan Indian Army Commissioned Officer. He came off with flying colours in his military service, having fought the the Indo-Pak War in 1965 and the Bangladesh war in 1971. He was awarded three military medals. He retired from the India Army on 1st Oct.1983. After his retirement he was re-employed as Executive Engineer in Mizoram during 1983-1988. He died on 25th Sept. 2009 in Aizawl where he settled but his dead body was brought to Kangvai where he is buried closed to his deceased parents. His children are:1.Khawlneikim 2.Paulianthang 3.Hminglian 4.K.T.Zomawi and5.Lalremsang.


Sawmkhawlal, the son of Tawngkhawkam and Hawiting, was born on 8th Jan 1934 at Dawhzang Village. He got his primary education at Mualdak School and the Maite ME School. He passed matriculation in 1961 and got Master degree in 1967 from Gauhati University. He served as a Lecturer at Churachandpur College from Nov. 1967.He was talented, constructive and an able leader, and was very active in social works for the community. Consequently, he was elected as President of the V.N.O, andsolved public problems, especially during the years of Mizo hostilityin Manipur and Mizoram in the late 1960s. He was one of the most important leaders from Manipur Hills. He was a strong leader, the hope of the Vaiphei people, who had grittiness and mettle, and could break all hurdles in his way except the problem of his health. When he was spiritually transformed,his mortalitywas also transformed into immortality on 8th Nov. 1969. He left behind his wife, Apuithiau, his daughters, (late) Miss Tingkolian and Dr. Tinglemsiam (now working at Shija Hospitals, Imphal) and tens of thousands of his admirers who shed tears to mourn for his mortal remains, and his meteoric rise to fame was cut short by destiny. Human fame and reputation are only fleeting, but the Grace of God endures.


Kaikhogin Vaiphei, IFS,the third son of Genzapau and Sawitinkhawl, was born in 1936 at Kangvai Village. After completing primary education at Kangvai L.P.School,he studied at Moirang High School. He retainedthe first position in his class from class VII to class IX. He passedMatriculation  in 1955 and passed B.Sc in 1959. He was a very sincere and brilliant student. Just after his graduation, he was appointed as Civil Supply Officer during famine period in Manipur. Whenfamine was over he wasappointed as Forest Officer. Further, he tried for Civil Services and I.F.S and got both IPS and IFS (Forest). He was the first Vaiphei to get into any All India Service / Central Service under UPSC. However, he joined the IFS (Forest) and was allotted to Bihar Cadre. He came on Inter-State deputation to Manipur as Conservator in 1980 and later got his cadre changed to Manipur-Tripura Cadre in 1984 and joined the Govt. of Manipur the same year. However, unfortunately he had a serious illness and expired on 24th Nov. 1985. The pride of the family and the hope of the Vaiphei people had gone to eternal home untimely. His wife, Nemting, and his children, Pauliankham, Khawlngainiang, Kamlianlal, Neelam and the Vaiphei people mourned his death for many years. His daughter, Rebecca Khawlngainiang Vaiphei is the first Manipur Finance Service Officer from the Vaiphei tribe, Neelam is a Section Officer in Defence Accounts Dept. and their brothers are working in private companies. Kaikhawgin was an excellent man, an outstanding officer and a devout Christian. Buthe met his savior earlier than his expectation. His destiny was determined by God, but his fame and reputation endure.Peopleremember him with love and his mortal remains are buried at Kangvai Cemetery with a befitting epitaph. He is the only person to be conferred with the “ZILLAI AWARD” which is the highest Zillai Award. Nobody else has been given the same award till date.


Paukhokam Lengen(Kampu), the eldest son of Sub. Mangsawi and Ngulzaniang, was born in 1939. He was a very brilliant student of Churachand High School, Imphal. He passed class X in first Division and got B.E from Guwahati Engineering College in 1965. He was a very popular footballer in Manipur and Gauhati. He worked in Manipur P.W.D as SO, AE and EE. He was efficient, genial and ebullient officer. But the brilliant student, efficient officer and amiable friend did not live for long. He died at the age of forty years, on 30th April 1979.The Vaiphei people tearfully mourned for his untimely death. His brilliant student career remains as one to be emulated by the posterity.


Dr. Lamminthangwas the eldest son of Suankhawlam and Niangtihawi of Lingsiphai. He was born on 30th July, 1959. He was educationally brilliant and very hard working. He passed Matriculation in 1975 in IInd Div and PU Sc in 1978 in Ist Div. He did his Medical studies from RMC (now RIMS), Imphal and obtained his MBBS degree in 1983. He joined the Manipur Health Services on 17th Jan, 1987 and could served for only 2 (two) years exactly when he died on 17th Jan, 1989 while on his way to his place of posting at Sinzawl. It is a strange coincidence that Dr. Lamminthang died while posted at Sinzawl, the very Village where Lungpau and Thangkai saw the Government officials at work in rice distribution and being amazed at the working of educated people, resolved to undertake their own education and spark a new history for the Vaiphei people. He was a very hard working doctor and volunteered to work even in remote places where most refused to be posted. He was a very committed Zillai supporter and was instrumental in the revival of Zillai in the early 1980s when he led the hosting of a Zillai Conference at Saipum in 1984. He will always be remembered for his contribution to the Zillai and his community and will continue to inspire the youths and the Zillais.


William Khuptinlun Lengen, IPS :Khuptinlun, the second son of Sub. Mangsawi and Ngulzaniang, was born in 1951. He was a good student and amiable friend. He qualified for the IA&AS and joined the training at Yarrows, Shimla in 1976 but was subsequently selected for the IPS in the same year in 1976. He joined the IPS and was given Manipur &Tripura Cadre. Being a very athletic person with exceptional footballing skill, a singer, a writer of excellent English and with very good handwriting, he has the distinction of being the first from Manipur to be adjudged the “Best IPS Probationer” of his entire batch, and his name is etched in the SVP National Police Academy at Hyderabad. He was a very helpful and active officer. He was posted at Churachandpur as SP and many public problems were eased substantially. But he was not healthy and at last he died on 6th Sept. 2004. Vaiphei people had hoped that he would reach the top position of Manipur Police soon, but his destiny was different. Man proposes, but God disposes. His ability, generosity, and amiability are the rare qualities to be expected from such high position, and he will be remembered for such rare qualities, amongst his other qualities, by his many admirers. His condescending attitude towards public was a rare charming quality of an IPS officer of his stature.


PaulemsangVaiphei : He is the eldest son of Kaihau and Nemzakim and was born on 13th Jan. 1963 at Kangvai. He did Nursery Schooling at Little Flower School, Imphal in 1967 and thereafter he studied at J.N. Model School, Churachandpur. He was a very brilliant student and an excellent sportsman. He was awarded two prizes by the State Level Science Seminar, Manipur in 1977. On completing his High School in Manipur, he studied in Shillong, first in St. Anthony’s College and then graduated from St. Edmund’s College. He got 1st prize in many of the Singing Competitions in Shillong and was an accredited artiste of the AIR Shillong. He was the topper in BA English Honours examination in NEHU in 1984 and was the first Vaiphei University topper. He was also acknowledged by Zillai Shillong Block in its Silver Jubilee celebrations in 2006 as the founder of Shillong Zillai (1981). He qualified for Bank P.O and joined the Andhra Bank in Jan, 1990 where he was outstanding in computerised banking and almost single-handedly established the Andhra Bank branch at Shushant Lok-II, Gurgaon, near New Delhi. He was working at Andhra Bank, Ludhiana where he was transferred only a month earlier when he got a sudden call of God on 24th July 2010. God hurriedly transformed his life to immortality to be ever happier. His wife, Satniang, and his children Pausawnmang, Haumalzawl and Kimngaihawi brought his mortal remains to Shillong for his funeral at Mizo Cemetry, Lawmali, Shillong. He was superb in English, talented in Poetry and composed songs that are widely acclaimed. He was Chairman of the Vaiphei Christian Fellowship, Delhi during 2005-07, and had devoted his abilities for glorification of God.


(Note :This article recalls only some of the noteworthy and renowned Vaiphei leaders, who are no longer with us today. It is based on various sources including inputs from various individuals and updates made thereof. The article covers on those deceased leaders of the society and is subject to further inclusion, updation and correction / modification as may be necessary based on available facts and inputs / evidences. The good intention of the article is to highlight the achievements of the Vaiphei Zillais and to have a record of landmark achievements within the community and is NOT intended otherwise. Therefore, if there be any inadvertent exclusion of persons whose name ought to be listed in any of the categories above, such inputs are welcome at any point of time for constant updation of the list towards our attempt for compilation of a comprehensive error-free list. Apologies therefore go in advance to any inadvertent cases of omission / commission)




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