3 receive Award for Peace & Socio-Political Service

3 receive Award for Peace & Socio-Political Service

Dimapur, October 11: Commemorating the 116th birth anniversary of Indian Independence activist Jayprakash Narayan, popularly known as Lok Nayak, Rev. Shihoto Swunhetho (posthumous), Rev. VK Nuh (peace) and Chingwang Konyak (Socio-Political) were today felicitated with the first ‘Award for Peace and Socio-Political Service’ here at Rhododendron Hall, Police Guest House, Chumukedima. The programme was organized by Jayprakash Narayan Memorial Trust, Nagaland (JPNMTN).
On the occasion, the awards were conferred by honoured guest for the programme and Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Harivansh Narayan Singh.
Delivering his speech, Singh mentioned that such celebrations are, in fact, a reminder of problems faced during wartime days that the younger generation tends to forget. He said that a proper homage will be paid to the Peace Mission in general and Lok Nayak in particular besides the church leaders for carrying on the legacy they had left behind.
It needs to be mentioned here that the Nagaland Peace Mission was formed on May 23, 1964 in Sakraba Village of Phek by the Nagaland Baptist Church Council, Jayaprakash Narayan, Bimla Prasad Chaliha (then CM of Assam) and Rev. Michael Scott among others to restore peace in the state. It resulted in the signing of a ceasefire on September 1964 between the Indian forces and Naga Army.
He added that unfortunately, due to various reasons, lasting peace in Nagaland is still taking shape and successive governments at the Centre attempted to resolve the Indo-Naga issue that led to the ceasefire agreement of 1997 and 2001.
He further mentioned that the signing of the Framework Agreement and the inking of a ‘Preamble’ on August 3, 2015 and November 17, 2017 with NSCN (IM) and NNPGs respectively only reminds the JP Narayan today than ever before. He also said that JP talked about the Nagas and the problems of the Nagas in various parts of the country.
Special invitee G. Kaito Aye, minister of agriculture and co-operation in his speech had maintained that JP Narayan’s participation and contribution towards resolving the Indo-Naga political conflict has been one of the most significant chapters in the history of Naga political movements.
He said that it is very befitting that the first ‘Award for Peace and Socio-Political Service’ was being organized on the soil of the Naga.
JP Narayan was the founder chairman of the Peace Mission under the banner of which the Federal Government of Nagaland and the Government of India was brought to the negotiation table for starting the Indo-Naga political dialogue. (Page News Service)