~~ Shan-Kachin Agreement Made on 6 February 1947 at Panglong ~~
DECISION ARRIVED AT BY THE SHAN-KACHIN COMMITTEE AT ITS MEETING AT PANGLONG ON 6TH FEBRUARY 1947 AT 2:30 P.M.
The Committee is of the opinion that the freedom for the Shans and the Kachins would be achieved sooner through the co-operation with the Burmese; as such the two races would send in their respective Representatives to take part in the Executive Council of the Burmese Government during the transition period, with the following conditions: 1. Same status, rights and privileges as enjoyed by the Burmese on democratic lines. 2. The Shan and Kachin members in the Executive Council would be responsible for all their internal affairs and would jointly be responsible for common subjects e.g. Defence, Foreign Affairs, Railways, Customs etc. 3. This Committee supported the demand of the Kachins for their desire to have a distinct separate Kachin State. 4. The term of agreement, as arrived at between the Burmese delegates and His Majesty’s Government, is not to be binding on the Shans and Kachins. 5. The right to secede after attainment of freedom from Confederation with Burma, if and when we choose.
SHAN COMMITTEE Sd. Hkun Pan Sing, Saohpalong of Tawngpeng State. Sd. S.S.Thaike, Saohpalong of Yawnghwe State. Sd. Sao Hom Hpa, Saohpalong of North Hsenwi State. Sd. Sao Num, Saohpalong of Laihka State. Sd. Sao Sam Htun, Sahpalong of Mong Pawn State. Sd. Sao Htun E, Saohpalong of Hsamonghkam State. Sd. Hkun Paung. Sd. Tin E. Sd. Htun Myint. Sd. Kya Bu. Sd. Sao Yape Hpa. Sd. Hkun Htee.
Kachin, tribal peoples occupying parts of northeastern Myanmar (Burma) and contiguous areas ofIndia (Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland) and China (Yunnan). The greatest number of Kachin live in Myanmar (roughly 790,000), but some 150,000 live in China and a few thousand in India. Numbering about 1012,000 in the late 20th century, they speak a variety of languages of the Tibeto-Burman group and are thereby distinguished as Jinghpaw, or Jingpo (Chingpaw [Ching-p’o], Singhpo), Atsi, Maru (Longvo), Lachid, Nung (Rawang), and Lisu .
The traditional Kachin religion is a form of animistic ancestor cult entailing animalsacrifice. As a result of the arrival of American and European missionaries in Burma beginning in the late 19th century, a majority of the Kachin are Christian, mainly Baptist and Roman Catholic. Among the Kachin in India, Buddhism predominates.