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Deliberation held on peace building
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, NOV 20 (NPN):
Published on 21 Nov. 2010 12:25 AM IST
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A two-hour long deliberation on the topic ‘Peace building and Christian responsibility’ was held at New Life Bible College, with panel members consisting of FNR Convener Rev Dr Wati Aier, Editor The Morung Express Akum Longchari, principal Baptist Theological College Rev Dr Yiepetso Wezah and Niketu Iralu. The panel discussion was conducted as part of the 9th Nagaland Theological Colleges Association (NTCA).
Expressing views on the topic, Editor The Morung Express, Akum Longchari maintained that from a global perspective, peace has reached a level of bankruptcy. Asserting that the there were too many stakeholders, Akum opined that the questions and dialogues of negotiations needed more intensification. He also said ‘for a peaceful solution in 21st century, people should look beyond the state.’
Calling upon the theologians to contribute towards the peace process, Akum impressed upon them to imbibe ‘critical imagination’ in their thought process. He said Christianity has become a ‘civil religion’ in the state.
Speaking on the role of churches, FNR convener Rev. Dr. Wati Aier, pointed out that many Naga churches had the concept that nationalism was wrong. He opined that the churches in Nagaland have tended to be conservative while pronouncing liberal values. The FNR convener also stated that Indianisation was destroying the Naga people. Stating that guns have uprooted peace from the Naga society, principal Baptist Theological College Rev. Dr. Yiepetso Wezah pointed out that exploitation, domination and manipulation has become obstacles for peace. “We have to address social reality to bring peace,” he added.
Elucidating on the issue of reconciliation, Rev. Dr. Wezah pointed out that for achieving reconciliation, people should first reconcile with God and one another. He stressed on removing tribal barriers and mutual suspicions and called for repentance by the wrong doers and willingness to forgive by the other party.

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