FNR urged to take initiatives of social reconciliation among Nagas

FNR urged to take initiatives of social  reconciliation among Nagas
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Kohima, July 20: The Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) has now been urged to play a pro-active role in bringing about reconciliation among the varied sections of the Naga society.
Formed in March 2008, FNR under the convenorship of Rev Dr Wati Aier has been instrumental in bringing about reconciliation among the Naga nationalist groups.
Following the initiatives of the FNR, which was the outcome of the “Peace Conference held in February 2008” and subsequently constituted with the approval of 39 Naga organizations on March 15, 2008, factional feuds between the Naga nationalist groups decreased and reconciliation was possible.
Nonetheless, though the division among the Naga groups has been reconciled, the differences among the Naga tribal bodies and civil societies have been widening and therefore FNR needs to play the vital role of achieving reconciliation and understanding among the social bodies.
The expressions were made by various Naga civil society bodies and intellectuals attending today’s informal time of interaction convened by FNR at Hotel Japfu here.
The speakers were of the view that if at all Government of India grants solution to the Naga political issue, whether the Nagas in general would be united to accept it.
Various bodies attending the interaction included Nagaland Peace Centre, Naga Mothers’ Association, Naga Scholars Association Kohima and United Sangtam Students’ Conference while individuals included politicians, advocates, educationist and social activist.
During the deliberations the need for the church to be a space of truth telling was also emphasized so as to achieve the actual reconciliation among all sections of the Naga society.
“Despite the problems faced, we (FNR) continued and the trust was slowly build resulting in signing the Covenant of Reconciliation in 2009 which is a kind of ‘Magna Carta’ for the Naga people,” said Rev Aier.
“A measure of understanding has come about while the process is still going on,” he said, while adding that this process of interaction with varied section of Naga people is the follow up action of the Naga Day celebrated in January 2017 in Kohima.
Walking the Naga Day is FNR’s effort to locate our place as Nagas in our present history, and to offer everyone the space to participate in this journey of building common understanding towards a shared future and exploring ways to move forward, he said.
Also clarifying on the ‘silent years’ of the Forum, Rev Aier said it may have been silent years for the general public but not for those involved in FNR as we were engaged in doing the home work on how to move forward.
He also said that FNR does not have monopoly on Naga reconciliation but we have to support even other organizations working to achieve reconciliation and understanding for the Naga people.
“Nagas cannot fight on the issue of reconciliation but have to support each other who can achieve it,” he said while maintaining that “FNR is not talking of any individual interest but the Naga interest, which is the common interest for everyone”.
President of Naga Scholars Association, Kohima Zhavise Rume expressed that “FNR should be made a mass movement and become a uniting factor for all the Nagas. (Page News Service)