Kohima, August 16: Naga people have high hopes that the vexed Indo-Naga peace talks will be settled at the earliest with the Centre’s interlocutor R N Ravi coming to Nagaland as the Governor.
This was stated by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on behalf of the Government and Tenyimia Public Organization (TPO), Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organization (ENPO) and Central Nagaland Tribes Council (CNTC) on behalf of Naga tribal bodies at a civic reception of the Governor and his wife Laxmi Ravi here Friday.
The Chief Minister while welcoming the ‘new Angh’ (governor) said Ravi has been a household name as he has been studying the political situation of the State. “He has been associated very closely as an interlocutor and he is at the core of the Indo-Naga peace process,” Rio said.
Ravi was the driving force behind the August 3, 2015 signing of the Framework Agreement, he said, adding that today the Naga people are hoping against hope that the agreement will bring a settlement which is honourable and acceptable to the Naga people.
“We look forward to working with you for a settlement, so that peace prevails in Nagaland and development activities are pursued, while youths will get the opportunity to move ahead in this competitive world,” the CM said.
He also assured the cooperation of the government and the Naga people to the Governor in ushering peace and development in the State.
We are very hopeful that justice will be done to the Naga society and that the masses will be contended with the outcome, he said.
Stating people have high hope on the new Governor to resolve the Naga political issue, the CM said Ravi’s coming as the Governor will pave the way for a breakthrough that Nagas have been hoping all this years.
Requesting the Governor to visit the districts and have interaction with the village chiefs, Rio said Nagas takes him not only as a friend but also a family.
TPO president Timikha Koza said the Naga people have undergone tremendous hardships, which are still continuing because the political settlement is yet to come.
More than anything, the Nagas desire for a political settlement at the earliest, he said, and requested Ravi to be a people’s Governor who will guide the Naga people from the heart. “A governor who will not take advantage of the weakness of the Nagas but a Governor who will build and strengthen the strength of the Nagas which will bear testimony of your commitment to peace,” he said.
In doing so, you will leave behind a legacy which will remain in history and specially in the hearts of the Naga people for generations, the TPO president said.
ENPO president Kekongchim Yimchungru termed Ravi’s coming to Nagaland as a blessing for the Nagas.
Maintaining that Nagas are living under the shadow of uncertainty surrounded by confusions with no clear future, the ENPO president appealed Ravi to bring out the best possible solution for the Nagas without compromising the identity of Nagas at the earliest possible time.
CNTC president, N Matong Jamir expressed hope that with his appointment as the Governor, the Naga peace talk will be expedited and concluded with Ravi as the bridge between India and the Nagas.
“We are more than happy today because for the first time, we are having a Governor who not only knows the wishes of the Naga people but has an in depth knowledge about the Naga political issue,” he said.
“We have been praying for healing and reconciliation and we believe the time is now. We have been yearning for peace for too long and now we want it to be a reality,” he said.
“We strongly believe and hope that during your tenure as the Governor of Nagaland and during you time as the interlocutor to Naga peace talks, we would be able to see the protracted Naga issue coming to a logical conclusion and peace ushering throughout the Naga inhabited,” the CNTC president said.
Bishop of Nagaland, Most Rev. Dr. James Thoppil offered prayers while song titled “Any dream will do” was presented by Nagaland Adolescent Girls Club and “Aghutomi Philokuwo” was presented by Siiriimi Cultural Society, Kohima. Special number “God is our refuge” by Baptist Revival Church, Kohima and “Jai Ho” by Purple Fusion also enthralled the gathering.
Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton and host of ministers, Naga legislators as well as representatives from different Naga tribal bodies, civil societies and citizens of the State participated in the civic reception. (Page News Service)