Dimapur, March 10: The Forum for Naga Reconciliation took the ‘Walking the Naga Day’ process forward by holding a day long open interaction with Dimapur-based working professionals on March 9 at the Don Bosco Institute for Leadership and Development, Dimapur. Around 45 individuals comprising of theologians, lawyers, physician, entrepreneurs, journalists, researchers, social workers and educators participated in the interaction by bringing together a variety of perspectives, ideas, criticisms, and suggestions to strengthen the Naga reconciliation process.
After Naga artiste Tali Angh presented “Without Borders,” Dr. Kethoser Kevichusa presented a critical and constructive observation of the Naga reconciliation process. He emphasized on the roles of truth and justice as being essential to the process. He reiterated the need for the process to engage with the past and the need to open up space for truth-telling. He said that Nagas are at a stage of ‘conflict fatique,’ which had opened space for reconciliation. He also said that, as a rule of thumb, the reconciliation process takes at least as long as the period of conflict itself, and so reconciliation in the Naga context may be expected to be a long-drawn process.”
Aheli Moitra spoke on her personal experiences on some significant events of the FNR process. While pointing that the first phase of the FNR process was to end factional violence, she observed that the FNR has through the Naga Day brought back the process to the Naga people, who must now find a way to take the reconciliation process forward.
Following the presentations by Dr. Kevichusa and Moitra, the space was provided to the participants to engage in an open and free discussion. During the interaction the limitations and positive aspects of the FNR was discussed and practical suggestions were offered for further discussions. After the interactive plenary discussion, the participants were divided into different work groups to take the scope of the discussion into specific areas of focus and suggestions. The findings and suggestions made by each work group to strengthen the process were presented.
FNR convener Rev. Dr. Wati Aier and members Dr. Visier Sanyu and Dr Aküm Longchari reflected on their own experiences by sharing the context, difficulties, challenges and missed opportunities in the reconciliation process. The one day interaction was moderated by Rev. Dr. Ellen Konyak Jamir and human rights activist Nepuni Piku. The closing prayer was offered by Rev. Phughoto Aye.
(Page News Service)