KHONOMA, APR 9 (NPN): Nagas have now come to a point of time where they must dare to change and those who would lead cannot do so by breeding and commandeering discontent or by coercing Nagas into their mold, said FNR convener Rev. Dr. Wati Aier.
He said those Naga leaders who seek their interest and security above the Naga future would only build more walls of personal disposition and imbibe an unhealthy state of affairs around them. Rev Wati was addressing a gathering during the inauguration service of the Memorial of Late Gen Mowu Gwizantsu which was constructed by Khonoma Rüffüno Nagaland at Soseütsie, Khonoma village Saturday.
“Nowhere do discontent, personal interest, and security create a desire for change and those who are threatened by their position do not think of change, no matter how miserable their condition may be,” Rev Wati said.
He said that the leaders today have created a myth seemingly thinking that each one of them have tamed Naga nationalism and were in control of Naga destiny. He said they (leaders) all feared change for which Nagas were in grave, hazardous situation.
Sharing his personal view on Khonoma, Rev Wati said ‘where else would history point to, if the seed of Naga nationalism cannot be traced to Khonoma?’ and added that this was an inextricable fact that cannot be undone.
Stating that those who dare to undertake changes usually were in possession of inextricable energy, Rev Wati said the same energy must first touch all who have been badly hurt and misunderstood.
On the other hand, the energy of healing which has begun among the people must be channeled out to electrify the Nagas as a whole, he said.
In this regard, he stressed that the people of Khonoma village must offer opportunity for advancement of the Naga future and proposed that the people of Khonoma Church leaders, intellectuals, common men and women must work out a practical journey of ‘touching’ each factional leaders and penetrate into areas of apology, repentance and seeking forgiveness. He, however, reminded that this required honesty, courage and real vision.
Rev Wati said that the argument would never be settled as to whether great people make moments in history great or great moments in history make great people.
He said Late Gen.Mowu Gwizantsu gave certain impetus - an immeasurable impetus to the cause of Naga nationalism and was one of the symbols and personification of the historical and political rights of the Nagas.
Gen. Thinoselie M. Keyho who was the main speaker on the occasion recalled his long association with Late Gen. Mowu, the first Chief of Naga Army and the third since the inception of the Naga Home Guard. He dwelt at length the immense contribution that Late. Gen Mowu made to the cause of the Nagas.
Similarly, Gen. A Maken Ao and Chongshen Chang who also spoke on the occasion recalled their long close association with late Gen Mowu who moulded the Naga Army and successfully led different batches of Naga Army to foreign countries for undergoing training.
Sanguto Chase, who spoke on behalf of the family of late Gen.Mowu said that the memorial was constructed through the generous donation of land from Seyietsu Clan and also through contributions in cash and in kind from well wishers and thanked them all.
He sought forgiveness to Late Gen Mowu and the family for any mistake that might have been committed or hurt anybody.
“There must be admission of mistakes and mutual forgiveness so that healing takes place and relationship are restored,” he said.
Earlier, Rev Yankey Patton, the first Chaplin of the Naga Army unveiled the monolith erected at the memorial complex. In his brief address, he asked the Nagas not to linger but to be courageous as a nation.
Delivering the welcome address, Niketu Iralu said that the struggle of the people has to be examined at every stage and stressed the need to honestly look into what has happened to the Naga struggle and where it was going. He said that Nagas tended to worry what they have not achieved without realizing what they have achieved so far. He called upon the Nagas to rejoice for something that has been achieved which others have not. He also said that Khonoma was a village where people were trying to forgive each other and heal the wounds through reconciliation.
The service which was led by Dr. Kedozeto Punyü and prayer by Rev. Hotokhü P. Zhimomi, Pastor Sumi Baptist Church, Kohima concluded with vote of thanks proposed by Keviyachü Liegise followed by benediction by Rev Tsolie Chasie, Pastor, Baptist Church Khonoma.