Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) while extending warm greetings to vice president of India Dr. Md. Hamid Ansari and his wife on their visit to the state, highlighted some of the immediate concerns faced by the association.
In a representation to the vice president, NMA president, Abei-u Meru and secretary Lochumbeni Humtsoe emphasized that the NMA was initially formed to eradicate social evils and combat social menaces in 1984 and at present, running a fully established HIV and AIDS Community Care Centre, recognized and acknowledged by the Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS) and the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) as a pioneer and leading community care centre in the state of Nagaland.
Having witnessed untold human sufferings for more than 60 years of political conflict including “fratricidal killings” amongst brothers of the armed political movement, the NMA said as mothers, it was prompted to intervene once in a while to stop all kinds of killings and violence between members of the Naga family. However, since fratricidal killings continued unabated, the NMA said it started forming Peace Team in 1994 from amongst the members and launching campaigns to discontinue all kinds of killings under the slogan ‘Shed no more blood’.
while asserting it had played a fair role of peace building along with the rest of the civil society organizations to help sustain peace and to find an amicable political solution ever since the Ceasefire was declared in 1997 between the GoI and the NSCN (IM) and then subsequently in 2001 with NSCN (K), the NMA urged the vice president to accelerate the peace initiatives in bringing about a peaceful and permanent political settlement.
Also keeping with the aspiration of the women population across the Indian sub-continent and many like-minded and liberal thinkers in India’s democratic political society, the NMA further extended its fullest support to the 33% seat reservation for women in Indian Parliament and all state legislative assemblies.