Nagas light their support for reconciliation

Naga people’s hope and prayer for Naga reconciliation demonstrated through a candle light vigil at Clock Tower Dimapur on Sunday evening. Seen in the picture shows people of all ages and from different communities expressing solidarity for reconciliation and the highest level meet of the top leaders from the Naga national groups (Photos: Left by Caisii Mao and Right by  Sorei Mahong)

DIMAPUR | MARCH 13 : Hundreds of Dimapurians turned up for the ‘Candlelight Prayer Vigil’ Sunday evening at Clock Tower junction, to show their solidarity and support for Naga reconciliation and highest level meeting of the Naga political groups. Organized by Dimapur civil society organizations under the aegis of Naga Council Dimapur, various speakers stressed on the urgency of the proposed highest level summit to carry forward the “Naga Reconciliation: A journey of common hope” initiated by the Forum for Naga Reconciliation.
Forward Together: Call for highest level meeting
FNR member Rev. Pughoto Aye in a “special public appeal” urged the public to voice out in unison their desire for speedy meeting of the top Naga political leaders as inordinate delay of the proposed meeting might prove counter-productive to the reconciliation process. On behalf of the FNR, Pughoto also thanked the public for their untiring support to the reconciliation process.
Naga Council Dimapur president Savi Liegise said that the Naga movement, one of the world’s longest freedom struggles, was started by humble and honest people and expressed pain that the movement was presently on the verge of collapse due to disunity and differences among the various political groups.
He however said that amid the present gloom, the FNR, with the blessings of the Church and Naga people, had provided a ray of hope to the people and despite internal differences, the Naga political groups continue to stand steadfast to the ‘Covenant of Reconciliation.’ Urging on the immediacy of highest level meeting, the NCD president added, “We are here to light candles to signify every Naga’s desire to light the Naga world.”
Speaking on behalf of women, Dimapur Naga Women Hoho president Hukheli Wotsa quoted Psalms 119: 105 and urged the political groups to follow the true light by sinking past differences, forgive and forget and heal the land through unconditional love and reconciliation. Reminding that Nagas have undergone enough suffering and bloodshed, she urged the Naga groups to listen to people’s voice and to replace “tribalism with patriotism.”
Dimapur Naga Students’ Union president Medovoyi said that all political groups must set aside their differences and come together without any apprehension. He also acknowledged the “tireless efforts” of the FNR in bringing the reconciliation process thus far.
Convenor of DBs and GBs Forum, Nagaland, Taku Longkumer said that the DBs and GBs have all along supported the reconciliation process since it was the desire of all Nagas for peace and unity.  “We don’t want you to go back on your commitment,” Taku reminded the political groups on their pledge to the ‘Covenant of Reconciliation.’
Chandu Aggarwal and Hari Shankar, who spoke on behalf of non-Naga communities, also voiced on the need for reconciliation among the Naga groups for peace to reign in the state.
A ray of hope lit the night sky as holding candles in their hands, the gathering sang “We shall overcome” to convey their firm belief in reconciliation among the Naga political groups in the face of hurdles. The gathering also partook in a mass prayer for peace, unity and reconciliation. Earlier, president of Dimapur Baptist Pastors’ Fellowship Rev. Dr. W. Lohe offered invocation while senior church leader and FNR member Rev. VK Nuh pronounced benediction. NCD general secretary Ntsemo Ngullie chaired the programme.