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Candle light prayer vigil at Dimapur

People pray for Naga leaders during a candlelight vigil in Dimapur on Sunday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 13 (NPN):
Published on 14 Mar. 2011 12:39 AM IST
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Civil societies based in Dimapur on Sunday made an urgent call to all Naga political groups to meet for the highest level leadership summit as that was the desire and yearning of all sections of the Naga people today.
A candlelight prayer vigil in support for highest level reconciliation meeting was organized by Dimapur civil society organizations under the aegis of Naga Council Dimapur at Clock Tower Junction Sunday evening.
Speaking at the programme, Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) member Rev Phughoto Aye gave a brief highlight of the reconciliation process since formation of FNR in February 2008 and thanked God for His guidance thus far. He said there was still a long way to go for Naga reconciliation and appealed the Naga people to put in more efforts in expediting the reconciliation process. He emphasized on the need for reconciliation as there was killing, media war, taxation burden, kidnapping, extortion, misunderstanding etc. Without any problems the need for reconciliation would not arise, Rev Phughoto said. He appealed the Naga political leaders to seize the prevailing opportunity and work towards holding the highest level meting at the earliest.
Naga Council Dimapur president, Savi Liegise in his speech appreciated all Naga political groups for refraining from killings which was greatly detested by the public. Stating that the reconciliation meeting of leaders at the highest level was on the anvil at the present juncture, Savi said much hope was pinned to the vital meeting. He said that the gathered people was an expression of their desire for peace, reconciliation amongst all Naga political groups. “We are here to light a candle to signify every individual’s desire and contribution to bring light to the Naga world wrapped in fear and uncertainty. We are here to pray and seek the forgiveness for our collective sins and to invoke the power of Almighty God for restoration,” he said. The Naga Council Dimapur fervently urged all rank and files, all hierarchy of leadership in all political groups to continue the process of peace culminating in a positive dialogue in the interest of the Nagas.
Naga Women Hoho Dimapur (NWHD) president, Hukheli T. Wotsa said people were crying for peace and urged the Naga leaders to listen to their people’s voice and cries. She said there was no short cut to solution but only through love and respect for one another. She said that the tears of the mothers and children could only be wiped away by peace and reconciliation upheld by the Naga leaders. The NWHD president also urged the Naga leaders to replace gun culture, tribalism and clan-ism with patriotism. She said Nagas no more wanted bloodshed but peace and tranquility and appealed for forgiving one another’s misdeeds.
Convener of GBs and DBs Federation, Taku Longkumer said that the Naga people did not want the leaders of Naga political groups to retract their commitment for reconciliation but to uphold it.
DNSU president Medo urged the Naga leaders to set aside all differences and come together without any apprehensions and work towards realizing the common goal.
Chandu Agarwal spoke on behalf of non-Naga community in Dimapur while senior citizen, Hari Shankar also spoke on behalf of Marwari community Dimapur. Musilims, Biharis and various other non-Naga communities also participated in the candle light vigil showing their support for the highest level reconciliation meet.
A mass benediction was said at the end of the programme praying for the Naga leaders.

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