Mizoram’s Lalbiakthanga Pachuau is 94 years old. Pachuau was awarded the Padma Shri for his contributions to literature and education (journalism). And he wants to continue working.
“I never expected that I would be receiving the Padma Shri. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has personally congratulated me during the award presentation ceremony. I will continue to be a part of the journalism profession for as long as I can,” Pachuau was quoted as saying by PTI.
In 2016, he was declared the ‘oldest working journalist in the country’ by Mizoram information and public relations department and Mizoram Journalists’ Association (MJA).
Pachuau added that he “remain indebted to his colleagues and well-wishers” for the support they extended to him over the years.
Born in 1927 at Saichal village, 80 km away from state capital Aizawl, Pachuau joined the Assam Regiment of the British Indian Army in 1945 and fought against the Japanese during World War-II.
He has been editing a Mizo vernacular newspaper, ‘Zoram Tlangau’ in Aizawl since 1953. Pachuau started his career with ‘Zoram Thupuan’.
Apart from that, Pachuau has been involved with several organizations which are involved for various social activities. He was one of the founder members of Association for Voluntary Blood Donation (AVBD) and the founder president of Mizoram Social Defence Union during the 1990s to campaign against alcohol and drugs.