FNR clarifies to accusations

DIMAPUR, SEP 4 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/4/2019 11:02:33 AM IST

Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) has issued a clarification to allegations about its failure that was levelled by “a responsible Naga political group leaders at a recent meeting with Angami public.” In its lengthy response, FNR said it had been “rebuked for not speaking up at the right time and for not favouring a particular group.” In this regard, FNR said it was engaged in peace building with reconciliation involving dialogue process and not laying blame.

FNR said it was guided by “what is right to heal and restore relationships” and not to point out which group was more wrong or more right. On reconciliation efforts with Naga political groups, FNR said it honoured ethical and confidential considerations and believed that reconciliation on historical and political rights was the basis and right path for Nagas. FNR reiterated that it has always maintained consistency with impartiality without bias or prejudice towards any one group even in the face of many criticisms by refraining from condemning or blaming any one in particular in public domain. 
FNR said reconciliation yielded result in the de-escalation of factional violence adding this showed that pursuance of what is best, right and needed for all, becomes the overriding common concern. It described this as a positive and welcome development for people who have been wounded and traumatised. In this regard, FNR also acknowledged the increase in the number of stakeholders while not denying that some groups have used the reconciliation process to broaden their ambit especially in the area of taxation.  FNR said many vested interests have also used the space and free movement provided by the reconciliation process to exploit the situation. It mentioned the business community who continue to groan under multiplied taxations which it said, directly affected consumers who have to bear the brunt. FNR said random and excessive taxation was alienating people and that people’s security need to be protected under such situation.
FNR said at such a time, what was needed was to think and act consciously with wisdom, foresight and maturity as no “outside nation” will solve the Naga national problem. However, it also pointed out that Naga alone cannot solve their national issue with India and Myanmar. Therefore, while seeking solutions to many varied problems faced by Nagas, FNR said there was need to accept how “we have hurt one another.”
Despite these, FNR said Nagas need to seek forgiveness and live in a new reconciled relationship and mutual respect. It said Nagas need to sing in unison and harmony with NSCN (I-M) and NNPGs to meet with mutual respect, belonging and honestly talk across the table regarding the “political competencies” that affect the future of Nagas. FNR said the groups should understand that failure to do so would only impede our shared belonging.
In the light of the above, FNR said the main task today was for every Naga organisation, leader, man and woman to remain calm and thoughtful with a right spirit. FNR cautioned against falling to temptation of “irrationalised rhetoric, over-confidence, aggressive arrogance and emotionalised reactions, ” when the need was build mutual trust, integrity, self-confidence, self-responsibility and a new awareness, without any pretence or denial or who we are as a people with dignity.” 

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