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2-day peace convention begins
Correspondent Kohima, Feb 21 (NPN):
Published on 22 Feb. 2009 1:38 AM IST
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As they sang in prayer, invoking God to send His spirit to awaken the Nagas and bring healing to the Naga nation, the second Naga Convention for Reconciliation and Peace under the theme “Let my people go” began at Kohima local ground here today. Rev Zhbu Terhuja, who delivered the main message in the opening session, noted that the theme of the convention suggested that there was a promise, implying a destination and challenged the Nagas to introspect where they were heading. “The Naga National workers talk of Naga sovereignty. But unless they realize the hard facts, it will be difficult to achieve the goal,” he stated. Rev Terhuja also compared the prevailing situation in the Naga society in the last ten years to the time of siege of Jerusalem by the Romans during which the Jews killed by fellow Jews due to division among themselves was more than those killed by their enemy. He wondered what would happen to the Nagas if the present situation continued. While stressing that the Nagas must come back to God and seek his wisdom, he said the problem with the Nagas today was that they have a fair knowledge of God and that was the reason why they were not willing to come to God. “There are so many revelations among different Naga underground groups and factions with which they are fighting with each other,” he observed. The prevalence of too many revelations was a clear sign of spiritual bankruptcy in the Naga society, he explained. “For many years, we’ve cried for peace but peace did not come,” he went on to say and opined that the reason for peace not coming to the Naga society could be because the motive behind the cry for peace was wrong. Referring to the recent political development in the state, Rev Terhuja said the Bible has taught the Christians to humble themselves and help each other grow. “But in total contrast, the Naga legislators only know how to pull each other down,” he added. Pointing to the prevailing economic scenario in the Naga society and also the globalization which warrants competitions, he noted that everything was not well in the Naga society. He however said everything was not lost yet and stressed the need for reasoning together on the issue. Solidarity message was also delivered by the Eastern Naga Public Organization (ENPO) and Council of Naga Baptist Churches (CNBC). The ENPO in its message stressed the need for unity among the Nagas first. “Unless there is unity, how can we have peace and tranquility in the society,” it asked. The CNBC explained that the Nagas had a dream that one day they would live as one people, one nation and in one common territory. While saying so, it asserted that reconciliation was the key to the common goal and destination of the Nagas. “It is high time to score our goal,” the CNBC added. The session began with praise and worship led by students of Oriental Theological Seminary and welcome song by Tizu Area choir followed by Bible reading and invocation prayer led by Rev C Lima Sangtam and presentation of songs by Rengma Baptist Church, Kohima. A special prayer was also held for the orphans and widows during the session which concluded with a mass prayer. The opening session was followed by Celebrate the Naga Spirit at 5.15 pm. Thousands of delegates from across the Naga-inhabited areas and also representatives from different Naga underground groups are attending the convention. Delegates from Myanmar, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and a host of foreign nationals including eight from Japan, four from UK and one from Thailand also took part in the convention on the first day. On the second day, there will be interactive session between FNR and church leaders, frontal organizations and public leaders from 8 am to be followed by closing session at 10 am where the adoption of statement of commitment for Naga Reconciliation will be taken up. The convention will conclude with a mass prayer.

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