Dimapur, March 14: The Annual Peace Knit Seminar 2019 on the theme “Conflict, Role of Media and the Possibilities for Peace making in the North East with special focus on Nagaland” was held today at NEISSR conference hall, Dimapur.
Two research publications of NESRC, Guwahati, namely ‘Living with Conflict: Possibilities of peace-making in North East’ and ‘Journals of Dispute: Media Coverage of Conflicts in the Northeast’, with case studies from Nagaland were reviewed and discussed threadbare by panel of Naga women leaders working in diverse field of work including Elizabeth Thungchanbeni E Ezung, lawyer and lecturer, City (Law) College Dimapur; Dr Toshinaro Longchar, member, NBCC, Peace Committee; Vitono Gugu Haralu, Bano Haralu, senior journalist & Editor, Nagaland Today; Aheli Moitra, special reporter, The Morung Express and Zubeni, an emerging social activists through visual media – photography.
Dr Deben Bachaspatimayum, faculty member, NEISSR moderated both the panels and facilitated discussions. The seminar jointly organized by NEISSR, NESRC and Peace Channel was attended by over hundred persons including young academicians, research scholars, leaders of inter-religious forum and college students.
Dr Fr. Walter Fernandes, Senior Fellow, NESRC, the principle author of the two books gave the key note address after Dr Fr C.P. Anto, Principal & Director, NEISSR and Peace Chanel, felicitated him for resourcing the seminar with path-breaking research publications in the field of peace and conflict studies and role of media. Members of Inter-Religious Forum, K. K. Paul representing Bengali Hindu community, Ajay Sethi, representing Jain community and Md Tajuddin Ahmed, representing the Muslim community in Dimapur also shared their views of discovering larger humanity from their lived-in experiences in Nagaland. They stressed ‘God is One’ and believed that solution to conflicts can be found.
Fr Walter Fernandes winding up the sessions underlined that every religion has two sides; violent and non-violent and the choice in our hands.
(Page News Service)