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‘Overgrounds’ must reconcile: CM
Correspondent TSEMINYU, MAR 6:
Published on 7 Mar. 2010 1:29 AM IST
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State chief minister Neiphiu Rio Saturday underlined the need for all section of Nagas to unite and come together as the Nagas were very small in population. The chief minister was speaking as chief guest at the silver jubilee commemorating the signing of peace treaty between the two villages – Tuophema and Tseminyu – at Tseminyu. Congratulating two villages for attaining 25 years of their peace treaty, Rio termed the peace treaty between Tuophema and Tseminyu as an example for all the Nagas. The CM, however, regretted that Naga “over ground”, who were actually more divided, was asking various underground groups to reconcile and unite. “Time has come for Nagas to unite, reconcile among themselves and reconcile with God”, he said, and reminded that if Nagas wanted its identity to be recognized then they ought to unite. While referring The Bible, there is a time for everything, a time to fight and a time for peace, Rio said “if we sow a seed of enmity, we’ll eat only the fruit of enmity but if we sow the seeds of peace, we will enjoy the fruit of peace.” He also called upon the people to re-dedicate themselves and propagate to other Nagas and the world the message of peace and unity. “Let us commit to Lord, Let us commit to each other,” he said and called upon the people to multiply peace treaty among the Nagas. Rio also pointed out the unique feature of the Naga customary court, where cases are settled without financial involvement and without delay in judgment and animosity was done away once and for all and replaced it with friendship. He pointed out that in today’s world, people are more educated and have money for which they go to any court on any matter but they waste money and time, but finally only one win and the other lost and the enmity never ends. Reiterating that Tuophema- Tseminyu Peace Treaty is a living example and a message to be spread to others, he called upon the gathering not only to keep the treaty within themselves but carry the message to other Nagas as well. Rev. Dr Anjo Keikung, in his message, while referring to The Bible said that blessed are the peace makers and termed the peace treaty between Tuophema and Tseminyu as unique and an example to other Nagas and the world. “Peace makers are called the Sons of God because God himself is a peace maker,” he said. He pointed out that peace come through forgiveness and that forgiveness was the beginning of peace, adding that “Peace brings unity”. Rev. Dr Anjo Keikung urged upon the two villagers to count their blessing and spread the massage of peace to other Nagas. Parliamentary secretary for horticulture R. Khing, who was the guest of honour, stressed the need to strengthen peace by calling upon the gathering to carry forward the message of peace in a bigger way. Several other ministers, parliamentary secretary and MLAs took part in the celebration. Highlights included cultural programme and grant feast. It may be mentioned that the two neighbouring villages were once a sworn enemy and no one from two villages dared to intrude into another territory. However, with the advent of Christianity and God gifted wisdom, the former leader of the two villages came up with a proposal for peace treaty and the two villages had held a peace treaty. The treaty was signed in 1985 through a symbolic exchange of Bible at Tuophema village.

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