A Shared Future

IN testing times such as our present predicament, we as a people are confronted with the daunting question: Is peace possible? The response is: Do we have a choice? Invariably, if Nagas are to ensure their continued survival as a people, the only option is to ensure that peace is possible. Peace is not just the absence of war and violence; it needs to be constructed as a conceptual and existential reality in which people live with dignity. Our responsibilities to the future generation is profoundly challenged by what kind of future are we building?
For too long Peace has been construed as a desire and War as a factual human condition. And history has never quite paid any regard to human aspirations and ideals. It has only demonstrated that the processes of war and peace get complicated when we look at it in detail. It is essential therefore to have an accurate and pragmatic approach that addresses the vital issues of a dignified shared humanity if we are to make any progress towards peace. A decisive commitment to the praxis of justice is necessary for true peace to be made possible.
True peace remains the greatest challenge of our times. Yet, peace is possible because the human conscience would not allow otherwise. Therefore we are demanded by the future to allow the ideals of a just peace to be born and imaginatively nurtured in our hearts and minds, so that real transformation may begin to take place. The churning of the human spirit to constructively engage all forms of injustice and violence is the seed of peace and must lead to the transformation of all unjust systems to ensure that the cycle of injustice and violence is broken.
Nagas need a new paradigm in which our response to issues of peace compels us to find creative, imaginative and responsive ways to engage with injustices. Such a paradigm must find ways to end violence and its consequences. Nagas must explore new ways to address conflicting interest in more creative, imaginative and peaceful ways, in which the use of force has no role. This new paradigm should constitute processes that will empower and guide the Nagas to exercise and implement the idea of a dignified shared existence.
Situated in a climate of distrust and discord, Nagas must construct valued-based approaches that are aimed at bridging polarized opinions of the same reality. Short-cut solutions will only further intensify polarized positions and therefore, an open process that is committed to addressing the roots of the issues must be initiated. Recognizing that Nagas are divided over a contentious and hurtful past; yet united and bounded together by common aspirations, the need to reason together and evolve a minimum consensus on a shared Naga future, is the need of the hour.