FNR emphasizes on the need for ‘true healing’ & reconciliation

FNR emphasizes on the need for  ‘true healing’ & reconciliation
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Kohima, AprIL 28: An open public interaction on “Reasoning Together” today emphasized on the need for true healing and reconciliation in order to take the Naga Concordant signed by the Naga nationalist political group in August 2011 to form one Naga national government and also towards strengthening of emotional integration.
The interaction was organized by Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) at The Heritage, Old DC Bungalow here with both young and old and also retired government servants participating and discussing the reconciliation of the not only the NNPGs but also within the different sections of the Naga people.
In his opening remark, FNR Convenor Rev Dr Wati Aier said reconciliation is a continuous process and it is just not to stop the factional killings but the ‘mutual understand’ has t be evolved.
He clarified that FNR does not belong to any particular faction but it concerns the entire Naga society while also maintaining that reconciliation cannot be simply cessation of killing between the Naga groups but the whole of Naga society in totality.
“There is a tendency among the Naga people that if a person is passionate about Naga right… if a person is committed to the rights of the Naga, people think that the person belongs to a particular Naga group and that is wrong,” he said while justifying “Why can I not be a nationalist or be passionate about Naga rights without being categorized of belonging to one faction”.
In this, he said, “we (FNR) don’t belong to any particular group. We are here working for Naga reconciliation and as far as the future of the Nagas is concerned, FNR has made it clear that “it is not the responsibility of FNR to build the Naga house”. Social activist and FNR member, Niketu Iralu said FNR is doing a very important thing for all Nagas to participate and try to work out what is to be done tomorrow. The struggle of the people must be examined regularly to be remain constantly updated, he said.
Former Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) president, Neidono Angami and retired government servant V Meyase while acknowledging that reconciliation process takes time but they were of the opinion Nagas should not use ‘Forgive and Forget’ together but it should be only forgive so that the past happenings are remembered and Nagas will be able to forgive each other again and again.
FNR Member, Akum Longchari said “reconciliation process has had a decisive push and the challenge has been to move from the cessation of the violence and implementation of the Naga Concordant”.
Some of the participants queried as to whether FNR has a voice in the policy decision for Naga solution, FNR member Visier Sanyu said FNR is the arena of moral and spiritual space for the Nagas and it is working towards preparing how Nagas will face the new agreement when it is achieved. Efforts are towards overcoming the past mistakes of violence that have been witnessed after almost every agreement signed between the Nagas and the Government of India, he said.
The members present from various sections of the people also expressed their confidence towards achieving a true reconciliation among the groups and different section of the Naga people, while also remarking that the past mistakes committed should not be repeated.
Stressing on emotional integration has to be strengthened instead of mere mechanical integration of the Naga people, the discussions also emphasized that the August 2011 concordant towards establishing ‘one Naga national government’ should be implemented by the Naga national political groups.
Social activist and retired Chairman of NPSC, K Puroh expressed that the GoI is not the same as it used to be 30-40 years back and the present government is willing to bring about solution to the vexed Naga political issue but it for the Naga people to come together and ponder on the demand for sovereignty and independence. Naga people should be willing to accept each, Puroh said, adding that Nagas need to become one under the banner of FNR.
Meanwhile, FNR affirmed that Naga people should come together and make efforts that any solution resulting out of the present dialogue between the Naga negotiating groups and Government of India should not bring violence among the Naga people. (Page News Service)