Naga Reconciliation needs Paradigm Shift

Dimapur, August 10: The Forum for Naga Reconciliation has stated that reconciliation can come about when the Naga groups are prepared for “dynamic paradigm shift.” The forum reiterated its call for a meeting of the top leaders of the three Naga groups – NNC/FGN, GPRN/NSCN and NSCN/GPRN – for consummation of the Naga reconciliation process.
Addressing a press conference at Hotel Saramati in Dimapur, the forum reminded today that every Naga father, mother, student, man and woman, hoho and church has played a role ‘in placing a piece of the jig-saw puzzle of the Naga nation.’ Now, the FNR said in its statement, it is to encourage the signatories of the Covenant of Reconciliation to complete the puzzle by picking up the final piece without delay.
“To consummate the Naga reconciliation, the FNR calls upon the signatories of the ‘Covenant of Reconciliation’ to meet without delay, led by the highest level leaders available, at a suitable locality,” members of the FNR said at the press conference. Before building possible bridges across the river, the forum said, it is suicidal to talk about defeat. “Where will one acquire the materials? Who will supervise? What kind of bridges would we have? The ipso facto of the matter is let us first come and discuss what is possible and what is not.”
The forum said that although much ground has been covered and Nagas are reconciled in principle as spelled out in the Covenant of Reconciliation, yet the consummation has not occurred and that the three Naga groups also understand that there awaits a final touch to Naga reconciliation. “The undeniable consequence is simply this – all must converge onto the ‘historical and political rights of the Nagas,’ without any condition. Let us be reminded that this has been agreed upon by the signatories of the Covenant of Reconciliation and there is no turning back,” the forum said.
The forum informed that the Journey of Common Hope taken to different districts of Naga areas by the JWG and the FNR was under the goodwill of the respective hohos, unions and councils. Similarly, it stated that “Mr. Th. Muivah, Hon’ble Ato Kilonser, NSCN/GPRN, heralded the message of Naga reconciliation during his goodwill mission to the Naga people. After everything has been said and done, one can reflect back and appreciate the journey to the hearts and minds of the Naga people.” “This very journey is a reminder to the Nagas that reconciliation is no one’s monopoly but in often remarkable ways fit into the jig-saw puzzle yet to complete,” the forum stated.
The Forum for Naga Reconciliation further stated that it welcomed the Monyakshu Conclave of July 15, 2010, between the GPRN/NSCN and the FGN/NNC in the ‘Journey of Common Hope’. “Nagas must appreciate the sacrificial leap and tough love these two groups had to wrestle within themselves in order to reach where they are today. This is also another remarkable event in our history,” the forum asserted.
The forum insisted that “Reconciliation” can come about only when the Naga groups are prepared for “dynamic paradigm shift,” which requires a sacrificial leap and tough love, transcending all ills and mistrusts of the past. The forum also said that the Nagas must opt for shifting from idealism to realism, from dogmatism to openness and from pick-and-choose to “inclusivity”. This will require men and women of character willing to set free the self first before trying to set others free, the forum said.
“Our purpose is to come together upholding the historical and political rights of the Nagas with the goal to solve our (Naga) outstanding issues among us and work out the future together, even agreeing to disagree in solidarity,” the forum said. In this, the FNR also called upon the signatories of the ‘Covenant’ to include other Naga political groups who share the same vision.
The forum explained that contextually, Naga reconciliation has two levels. The first level is the spiritual dimension on an individual as well as collective basis, before God and fellow beings.
It said that every person needs to be reminded that “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” and that to look at others’ mistakes and not admit one’s own failure will always invite people’s judgment and ‘God’s displeasure’.
On the political dimension, the forum said that with the signing of the “Covenant of Reconciliation”, the Naga political reconciliation has already occurred in principle. Having reconciled in principle, the forum said the answer to the question “what next?” lies in the “Covenant”: It reads: “We resolve to continue to work together in the spirit of love, non-violence, peace, and respect to resolve outstanding issues amongst us.”
In the task of reconciliation, the forum also appealed to all Christian denominations and the Nagaland Baptist Church Council in particular to organize prayer vigils throughout the Naga churches at the earliest. The forum informed that it was heartening to note the recent Baptist World Alliance Congress in Hawaii which acknowledged and welcomed the efforts of the Naga people towards “full reconciliation.” This was affirmed and accepted by 87 nations, the forum stated.

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