Peace: A special Christmas gift for Nagas

December 29th, 2007 - 5:58 pm ICT by admin  

By Vibou Ganguly
Kohima, Dec 29 (ANI): The major sections of Naga society have welcomed the news of the unification of the different warring groups. However, some of them believe that the unification bid should be comprehensive and it should include all the Naga tribes. This year, the Christmas was very special for the people of Nagaland. It was for the first time in many years that the people celebrated the festival without fear of factional clashes and violence.
Common citizens of the state have heaved a sigh of relief after the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isac-Muivah faction (NSCN-IM), National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang faction (NSCN-K) and Naga National Council (NNC) led by Adino Phizo signed a peace pact a couple of weeks ago to bring lasting peace in the state. “It’s a desire of every Naga that there should be peace and unification. So, on this basis all the warring groups have come together at the central level but this doesn’t mean that they have already come together. It’s still a process to achieve a large base in the near future. As everybody wants peace and unity, therefore, they are involved in such negotiations,” said Kevileto Kiewho, Naga Hoho, Vice President. “Unity and peace has always been the cry of Naga youth. We have been watching blood being shed throughout our lives. I think it had become a part of our daily routine. Earlier the front page of the newspapers used to be occupied with the news of the killings in the State. But now there is no such news in the papers. This is what were asking for all these years,” said Joshua, a Naga youth.
A senior journalist, Karaiba Chawang, said, “Almost all the tribes of Hoho’s feel that the unification of Naga is a compulsion, irrespective of being a big or a small tribe. Plus all the tribes have said that it should cover all the Naga inhabited areas in the general observation and liking of the Nagas.”
The peace pact is significant because it spells an end to the clashes between the cadres of the NSCN (IM) and NSCN (K) and NNC led by Adino Phizo. The citizens of the state will be benefited from the peace dividend and the focus will shift to ensuring their development and economic well being. (ANI)This year, the Christmas was very special for the people of Nagaland. It was for the first time in many years that the people celebrated the festival without fear of factional clashes and violence.
Common citizens of the state have heaved a sigh of relief after the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isac-Muivah faction (NSCN-IM), National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang faction (NSCN-K) and Naga National Council (NNC) led by Adino Phizo signed a peace pact a couple of weeks ago to bring lasting peace in the state. “It’s a desire of every Naga that there should be peace and unification. So, on this basis all the warring groups have come together at the central level but this doesn’t mean that they have already come together. It’s still a process to achieve a large base in the near future. As everybody wants peace and unity, therefore, they are involved in such negotiations,” said Kevileto Kiewho, Naga Hoho, Vice President. “Unity and peace has always been the cry of Naga youth. We have been watching blood being shed throughout our lives. I think it had become a part of our daily routine. Earlier the front page of the newspapers used to be occupied with the news of the killings in the State. But now there is no such news in the papers. This is what were asking for all these years,” said Joshua, a Naga youth.
A senior journalist, Karaiba Chawang, said, “Almost all the tribes of Hoho’s feel that the unification of Naga is a compulsion, irrespective of being a big or a small tribe. Plus all the tribes have said that it should cover all the Naga inhabited areas in the general observation and liking of the Nagas.”
The peace pact is significant because it spells an end to the clashes between the cadres of the NSCN (IM) and NSCN (K) and NNC led by Adino Phizo. The citizens of the state will be benefited from the peace dividend and the focus will shift to ensuring their development and economic well being. (ANI)

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