Covenant of Reconciliation signed by the highest level leaders is a sacred trust that cannot be taken lightly
DIMAPUR, AUGUST 26 (MExN): The Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) today stated that the June 13, 2009, Covenant of Reconciliation signed by the highest level leaders of the Naga political groups is a “sacred trust that cannot be taken lightly.”
Emphasizing that “Reconciliation means the birthing of a new community with God and one another,” it urged all those who believe in reconciliation to demonstrate their concern for the divided Nagas by practicing “our freedom through reconciliation.”
While asserting the need for “honesty on the part of everyone,” FNR expressed hope for a “new Nagahood which is liberated through reconciliation.” “We can be made free through reconciliation,” it affirmed. This, it said, is FNR’s hope for a divided house.
To demonstrate and to practice our freedom through reconciliation in such a time means to preserve the long breath of hope between “we” and “they,” “pre suppositions” and “facts,” “personal interest” and “collective well-being,” “superiority” and “servant leadership” and between “rigid dogmatism” and “realism,” the FNR said.
Naga Christianity, it said, cannot lock up reconciliation in the corner of their hearts. “We must put into practice reconciliation in the midst of the actual division found in our society today.” It called for the “acceptance of others in their different-ness” and through this acceptance “join the unlike and the different.”
“The question we ought to be asking ourselves is not how to solve the Naga political problem,” the FNR stated, but, “how to go about resolving it.” It urged that the walls erected in order to “maintain our own dignity” to be overturned. “Today, we have the fortune of moving forward but only if we are realistic, by establishing and guaranteeing our rights. Such an approach must exclude intolerance, endangering human rights, and similar non-legal mechanisms. Let us go about resolving our rights by way of legal-rational means and not through violence of any kind,” the FNR reflected.
It called upon all responsible political groups to remain vigilant against all forms of violence whether of printed words, statements, or divisive methods, etc, while urging citizens to be alert and act positively. It also asked churches to continue their prayer vigils in such a time as this.