Aizawl: Former Indian diplomat and noted Zo litterateur Lalthlamuong Keivom died on Sunday at a hospital in the national capital Delhi after prolonged illness.
He was 82 years old and survived by four children, who live abroad.
Reportedly, Keivom was undergoing treatment since June for various health related complications. Later, he was diagnosed with cancer after and bed-ridden which he was lying in bed.
They also informed that Keivom breathed his last at 5.46 am at Max Super Specialty Hospital in Delhi.
Notably, after his masterpiece "Zoram Khawvel", and for his contribution towards the integration of "Zo hnathlak" -- descendants of Chin-Kuki-Mizo-Zomi group, he was nick named "Zoram Khawvel Pa".
Keivom was born at Pherzawl, a remote village in Manipur's Churachandpur district (now Pherzawl district), in 1939 belonged to
the Hmar tribe, one of the major tribes of Chin-Kuki-Mizo-Zomi group.
In 1963, he graduated from DM College, Imphal and obtained a master's degree in History from Gauhati University in 1966.
After this in 1967, he joined the Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Excise).
However, in 1970, he joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and was posted in at least six countries, including Italy and New Zealand, during his 32-year-long career as a diplomat.
He retired from his job in 2002.