Kohima, September 6: Nagas across the world observed Peace Day on September 6 – the day ceasefire was signed between the Government of India and the Naga National Council (NNC) in 1964.
Throughout Naga inhabited areas prayers were conducted by Christians to give thanks to the Almighty for restoring peace in Nagaland from September 6, 1964 through the ceasefire agreement.
As per the directive of Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC), prayers were conducted in churches all over Nagaland.
“Nagas have experienced so much of political turmoil in its history. In the midst of such upheavals the church has consistently responded to the unprecedented challenges leaving behind a legacy of peacemaking ministry. The historical declaration of ceasefire on 6th September 1964 is one that is closely associated with the Council’s initiative for peace,” said NBCC General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Zelhou Keyho. He urged churches to pray for people and uphold Naga leaders so that their reliance upon God would grant them wisdom and strength to lead the people in the right direction in this crucial time.
The Peace Mission with prominent persons like Jayaprakash Narayan, Shankar Rao Deo, Bimala Prasad Chaliha and Rev.Micheal Scott brokered peace between the NNC and the Government of India to sign the ceasefire agreement. The Peace Mission was initiative of NBCC during the third Nagaland Baptist Convention held at Wokha from January 31 to February 2, 1964.
The Pochury Naga also observed September 6 as Black Day, in remembrance of all those who lost their lives on this day when Indian army swooped down on Matikhru village in 1960.
On 6th September 1960, and prior to that day, security forces had carried out extensive brutality at Matikhru village in Phek district. The people of Pochury have since then observed 6th September as “Black Day” in memory of all those who had suffered and laid-down their lives for the “greater glory and freedom of the Nagas”.
Black flags were hoisted in all Pochury area in Meluri sub-division as mark of agony, and in remembrance of all those killed by the security forces. (Page News Service)