Dimapur, June 5: The Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) has called for a renewed approach to COVID-19 by advocating an approach that rises above tribal-mentality, district-centric attitude and socio-political affiliations.
“FNR supports a comprehensive response by improving inter-tribe relations and unity in purpose,” said the forum in a statement.
The FNR observed that the pandemic seems to have unearthed aspects of our society that we so often leave unchecked. “Is Covid-19 resuscitating one’s primordial instincts inward against what needs to be done now? Are we unconsciously committing mayhem by underscoring religious norms and social bonds by preying on someone at the most vulnerable moment?” it asked.
Stating that it stands in solidarity with the public and share its concern of the need for a more effective, coherent a better managed response, the FNR said as citizens, the public needs to hold the Government accountable and provide constructive suggestions without incapacitating its ability to respond during this medical emergency.
The forum also viewed the State Government’s admission to lapses, mismanagement and limitations in its COVID-19 response as a positive step, and urged the Government to take immediate corrective measures and steps to reduce the gap between public expectations and Government actions on the ground.
Emphasizing the need to be kind, compassionate, and caring to each other in all our relationships where ever they take place, the forum encouraged all to demonstrate responsibility in maintaining physical distancing and follow all other preventive measures.
The FNR further called for a symbolic action on June 10 at 7 pm. It encouraged individuals and families to sing, mediate and pray in their homes on Wednesday (June 10) at 7 p.m. “A well known chorus, “In the name of Jesus, we have the victory” can be sung together,” it said.
The forum also invited all to flash their mobile phones or light a candle as a symbolic act of commitment to the light within us to shine in the midst of the challenges. It also sought prayer for the front line workers, returnees in quarantine centers and COVID-19 patients that are in hospitals.
(Page News Service)