Brigadier (Retd) Thenphunga Sailo: Probably India's Oldest Legislator

This morning I woke up late. After I was completely awake (read after shower), I browsed through a prominent daily of Assam. One of its pages, which reports only happenings from North East India, had this record news-"Brig Sailo bids adieu to active politics at 91".

As I read further, I found that 'Sailo was elected and served as chief minister of Mizoram twice and currently is a  member of the Mizoram Assembly.'

He made the announce to leave active politics in the Assembly on 24th July.He gave out a three-point formula for a bright future of the state, he requested his fellow MLAs to " have a party-less obsession with the development of the State, make the Assembly the headquarters in the fight against corruption and adhere to the traditional ethos of Tlawmngaihna, which represents the social ethics of honesty, transparency, justice and diligence."

The daily also reports that he is probably the country's oldest legislator and he could be also the world's oldest legislator.

About Brigadier (Retd) Thenphunga Sailo

Brig Sailo was born in January 1, 1992. He completed his elementary schooling in Lunglei and High school from Shillong. In 1941, he completed his college studies from Serampore College. He joined the Indian Army as officer. He is amongst the first Mizo Army officers.

After retiring from Army, he started his political career. He was prominently known to all after he used his savings for countering the insurgency in Mizoram especially the bombing of state capital by Indian Air Force.

In 1999, he was awarded the Padma Shree, the fourth highest civilian award in India.

1. Chhakchhuak, L. (2013, July 25). Brig sailo bids adieu to active politics at 91. The Assam Tribune, p. 10. 

2. Wikipedia, [Retrieved on 25/07/2013]


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