Dimapur, July 11: The Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) Delhi conducted its 21st Morung Dialogue on the theme ‘One History: Many Stories’ via Zoom on July 9.
In the introductory remark, chairperson, Ayo Jajo Aier, Principal, Charis High Academy, Dimapur opened the session by throwing light on the case of the Great Battle of Oinam by stating that the incident continue to haunt the common conscious; that the tragedy is an ongoing saga with no justice in sight, and the people need closure from the court for atrocities and human rights violation committed by the Indian security forces.
She also highlighted how a climate of repression pushed our leaders to also raise the desire for just peace but lamented that a cacophony of voice from within is burying and drowning the truth, and the narrative from within the Naga family is also frail.
The first speaker, Dr. Veio Pou, Associate Professor, University of Delhi and author of the book ‘Waiting for the Dust to Settle’ stated how ordinary citizens were affected by Operation Bluebird and July 9 is a landmark day for the Nagas. The intent of his novel was to give voice to the ordinary citizens. He pointed out that small voices need to emerge.
Vieu Pou concluded that hatred and vengeance are written large on the faces of many leaders and that the Christian virtue of forgiveness is far from being practiced in the land where magnificent churches abound.
James Wanglat, former Home Minister, Supply, Transport and Aviation, Arunachal Pradesh and Convenor of Naga Hoho in Arunachal opined that the leaders should be willing to place the need of others above oneself, and this was exemplified by leaders like Late Dr.PS.Lorin who was an educationist and an iconic Naga leader.
Wanglat concluded with a thought stating ‘what we need most today is not to pick up the misfortune of the past…..we are on the crossroad and the Nagas must learned to live together as one people, one nation under one umbrella”.
Kegwayhen Tep, president of Naga Students’ Federation dwelled on the challenges and aspirations of the youth. He pointed out that ‘the Naga society is one the verge of self-destruction as a result of tribalism, regionalism and factionalism which have destroyed the credibility of the people’. He further stated that ‘Nagas have segregated themselves based on selfish interest and egos and bluntly differentiate ourselves based on artificial territorial lines’. He said that ‘there is only one Naga and we cannot afford to further divide ourselves today.’
The NSF president called on researchers, intellectuals, scholars, and publishers to write and publish more books on Naga history and culture so that the young can read and be instilled with the spirit of patriotism and oneness.
The 21st Morung Dialogue was held as a tribute to ‘Onae Reh Dah’, the Great Battle of Oinam that continues to both tear and bind us and to tribute Dr PS Lorin, a person who is a beautiful story in the tapestry of the Naga narrative.
A one minute silent prayer was observed in memory of the people of Oinam Rae and Late Dr PS Lorin.
The Morung Dialogue is a talk series organized by NPHMR, Delhi since 2014 with the objective of strengthening the power of conversation and sharpening our understanding through sharing ideas and views on issues that affect our life and contribute to democracy, justpeace and social justice, informed a NPMHR release.
(Page News Service)