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Nagas no more at crossroads: Rev Wati
Correspondent Kohima, Feb 22 (NPN):
Published on 23 Feb. 2009 12:45 AM IST
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Nagas were no more at crossroads as all the Naga underground groups committed to reconcile a year ago, said Rev Dr Wati Aier, Convenor, FNR, while delivering the keynote address at the concluding session of the two-day convention at Kohima local ground on Sunday. “The FNR can attest to the fact that NSCN/GPRN, GPRN/NSCN, the FGN, the NNC all have given their commitment to reconciliation. Impossible as it may sound to the Nagas, we are beginning to transcend personal and tribal lines today,” Rev Wati informed. He however said the various commitments to reconciliation were just the beginning and that there were difficult areas to be covered. “Conflicts built over decades take time to undo,” he stated. He also termed the present situation in the state as appalling and said it was “extremely urgent” that the Nagas respond to the prevailing situation immediately. The Naga historical movement for safeguarding their historical and political rights spread over six decades was one of the longest freedom struggles in the modern political saga, Rev Wati stated. He regretted that this historical movement was soaked with blood and tears, pain and sorrow, wounds and scars. Observing that it was futile to blame others, he said the Nagas should take the full responsibility for the present self defeating situation. Dwelling on the dangers of the philosophy of exclusiveness whose roots lie in the enormous, overpowering apprehension, misgiving, and uneasiness within and which was the inevitable by-product of arrogance and hate, he stressed that Nagas need trust in order to live freely and humanly. He also lamented that the powerful secret of divine side of love has not been applied in the Naga politics and said the creative love that makes hateful beautiful could become the power in Naga politics as well. Stating that the word reconciliation has been misunderstood by us, he clarified that another meaning of reconciliation was appeasement. “We long for reconciliation with our enemies, but we avoid the confession of our guilt and wrongs and those who talk of reconciliation with others yet do not themselves practice it,” he stated. In social, cultural and political context of the Nagas, reconciliation meant a new Naga destiny with God and one another, he said and reminded that the Naga nationalism was founded by the founding fathers and mothers on the historical and political rights and on the principle of all Nagas without any demarcation. However, in the modern context, it meant preserving the long breath of hope in solidarity between hate and anger and between reaction and revolution. He also asserted that in all honesty, Nagas must accept the pain and dismay over the present situation as conflict among themselves was inevitable. He also warned that until there was reconciliation, the law of retaliation would continue. Nagas can be made free only through viable reconciliation and they must make the cry of freedom out of the depths of the oppressed Nagahood and answer the call to reconciliation with a resolute will, he added. Further, he reminded that preservation of the historical and political rights of the Nagas depended on an alert populace by guarding their rights jealously and with vigilance from all forms of external and internal divisive and disruptive acts. Several organizations including members of the UK based Quakers Group, Naga Hoho, NBCC, Naga Council Dimapur, UNC and also four different Naga political groups - NNC (Brig Shinga), GPRN/NSCN, NNC (Non Accordist), NNWPSG, former US president Jimmy Carter, American Baptist Convention, World Baptist Alliance, Baptist International Ministry etc, who were present in the concluding session of the convention, expressed their solidarity to the FNR Naga reconciliation initiative. However, there was no representative from the NSCN-IM in the convention. Another Naga reconciliation meet will be held at Noklak tomorrow.

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