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Views at Naga Consultative Meet
Published on 9 Mar. 2009 1:17 AM IST
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The Tenyimi Public Organisation, a body that comprises of ten Tenyimi tribes: five in Nagaland and five in Assam and Manipur; such as Angami, Chakhesang, Pochury, Zeliangrong, Rengma, Mao, Pooumai, Maram, Thangal and Inpu has acknowledged that the Naga Consultative Meet had addressed important issues which could not be ignored by the Nagas and for which all avenues were needed to be explored towards a meeting point. In his speech at the three-day Naga Consultative Meet held in Kohima, TPO president Z.M.Sekhose also traced the birth of the Naga movement based on the “ dream of freedom for the Nagas, inclusive of all the tribes who are known by the nomenclature NAGA” which was spearheaded by the NNC. However, he said, since the beginning, opinions differed as to the options to use violence or non-violence as a means of our struggle and during which period, “ some of our greatest leaders had sacrificed their lives for the Naga cause”. He reminded that “Nagas have a common House which belongs to all the Nagas” and that it was time to return to the “original Naga house” to begin the process of rebuilding where every Naga has a place. He also mentioned about untold suffering and atrocities perpetrated during the military onslaught by the Nagas by the Indian armed forces in the past and the advent of fratricidal killings by Nagas against Nagas. Sekhose made a significant statement in urging all factions to stop the cult of fratricidal killings and “ return to God and seek His forgiveness” to heal the land. He also said it was time that all Naga tribal hohos “rise in unison to raise aversion to extortion, bloodshed, fratricidal killing and violence in all forms. It is time we listen to the small still voice in us so that we can hear the voice of God.” He also said even though Naga civil societies may not be indulging in any anti-social activity, yet by remaining silent on the acts of various groups, they would be held “ responsible for what is happening in our land”. He was also skeptical of the emergence of “ many peace making bodies”. He said when peace makers are not qualified but attempt to make peace between quarelling groups, they could only end up worsening the problem.“ Servants cannot become peace brokers of their masters. Servants cannot quell the quarrel among their masters,” Sekhose said. (Full text on page 4) Meanwhile in another statement, read out during the Naga Consultative Meet, ‘Lt.Gen(Rtd)’ V.S. Atem, NSCN(I-M) emissary to the collective leadership, lauded the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio for the changed perception vis-à-vis the policies of previous state governments with regard to the Naga national workers . Atem said “the Nagaland state government under Neiphiu Rio as chief minister is giving all the attention on the ongoing peace process. Such spirit of developing a positive approach will go along way in pushing forward the Indo-Naga political peace process.” He also lauded the Non Resident Nagas for their solidarity to the cause while asking them to introspect on how far they have proved themselves as the socio political face and voice of the Nagas. He also conveyed a message from the collective leadership and all members of the NSCN(I-M) that such a meeting of the minds should bear fruits, adopt a new line of approach towards each other which had so far remained elusive. (Full text on Page 4) In another statement, the NNC through its member Thomas appealed for all possible help to the Eastern Nagas to uplift their education and health care stating that “we are in need of your help because you become elder brothers in aspect of modern developments of the world.” On the matter of “our national,” the NNC however said it would not accept if they were told “you must be Burmese and we will be Indians.” “Rather we will be happy if and when you declare abandoning the 16-point agreement signed with the Indian Government in 1960, for we are neither Indian nor Burmese” it added. The NNC also wondered over the expression that Nagas could be accommodated in world globalization only when they become Indians or give up the sovereignty of Nagaland.

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