Tuesday, May 20, 2008

PEACE RALLYS HELD ALL OVER NAGALAND

By Oken Jeet Sandham

Kohima, May 20 (NEPS): The Joint Forum of Nagaland GBs and DBs have today successfully organized massive peace rallies throughout the state today. The rallies were organized state district headquarters to register their string resentment against the recent unprecedented heightened factional violence I the state. Large number of people including huge school students turned up for the rallies.

A massive peace rally was held here at local ground with thousands of students and publics joining it. Minister for Home, Imkong L. Imchen addressing the occasion said that a cease-fire agreement should be initiated immediately among the Nagas. He said killing among Nagas, extortion and gun power could not achieve political sovereignty but added that only peace would achieve their common goal. Deputy Commissioner, Kohima, Sachopra Vero and other public leaders also spoke in the rally. The rally also passed a resolution to stop killing among the Nagas.

In Mon district, the stronghold of NSCN (K), massive peace rally was organized with the theme “Stop bloodshed and factional killing amongst the Naga National Workers”.

DC Mon, Dinesh Kumar, IAS in his speech said that we should first try to bring peace in Nagaland as then only development would follow and the future of the younger generation will be bright.

He deliberated on the principle of non-violence and urged the Nagas to unite and join hands for a better tomorrow. Earlier the programme started with an invocation by Pastor KBCM, Rev. Tenwang and introductory speech was delivered by President GBs Association and President DBs Association. Vice President KU, Chairperson MTC and Executive Secretary KBBB also spoke on the ocassion. The function was attended by various NGO leaders, officials, school students, teachers and general public.


Similar rally was also held at Wokha district headquarters under the theme “To stop bloodshed fratricidal killings amongst the Naga national workers”. Deputy Commissioner Wokha, Mikha Lomi while addressing the public, appealed to the people to show solidarity to fight against the gun culture in our society and to stand together and oppose fratricidal killing amongst the Naga brothers. He also appealed to all the leaders to think seriously and take positive steps to stop this long term political problem.

Short speeches were also delivered by the Chairman Lotha Hoho, Chairperson of Nagaland Women Commissioner, President Eloe Hoho, President LSU, SP Wokha, Deputy Chairman, Wokha Town council and Executive Secretary KBES. The rally started from public ground and proceeded towards PWD and culminated at NST junction. More than 10,000 people from all walks of life attended the rally. The function was chaired by P.N. Tsungoe, Convenor GBs and DBs Wokha Unit, while vote of thanks was delivered by P.A. to DC Wokha, Myinthungo Khuvung.

In Mokokchung, more than ten thousand people representing village council members, Ao Senden, Watsu Mungdang, AKM, Ward Chairmen, Town Councils, various School students of Mokokchung town and Mokokchung public assembled at the main police point in the morning and proceeded towards Imkongmeren Sports Complex holding placards, banners and giving slogans such as “We want peace, stop bloodshed, shun violence” etc.

The Vice President of All Nagaland GBs Federation, Chubakumzuk and President Ao Senden Temjenkaba called upon the people to shun violence, fratricidal killings amongst the Naga brothers and further appealed to the people to work ceaselessly for bringing permanent peace in Nagaland. Earlier the peace rally programme began with invocation pronounced by Pastor MTBA, Ponen and benediction by Rev. Alemmeren of ABAM Impur.

In Dimapur, the peace march started from city tower junction and culminated at DDSC stadium where a public meeting was held. Commissioner Nagaland, H K Khulu in his short speech stated that Nagaland state was passing through the darkest hour in its long sixty years of Naga history after the creation of the state. He said that they were living in a fragile atmosphere wanting peace and harmony for progressive society and that they were fed up of the continuing violence and killings among ourselves.

He said they needed to introspect ourselves and learned to forgive our brethrens for peaceful co-existence. He also appealed to the various factions not to do armed operations in civilian areas endangering the lives of the public and their properties.

Deputy Commissioner Dimapur, Maongwati Aier while addressing the gathering stated that one hundred and forty years ago before the advent of Christianity in 1872, Nagas were practicing head hunting culture but when the Nagas accepted Christianity this cruel practice was given up, but what they saw today was that the old habit had come back to them and was haunting them.

They needed to give up this habit as no administration, police or army could give them peace but if they only turned back to Jesus only then they would have everlasting peace and harmony amongst their community, he emphasised.

The state convener for GBs & DBs Joint Forum, Taku Longkumer while addressing the gathering stated that the Joint Forum had undertaken the peace initiative from 2006 and the outcome was six months ceasefire between the various factional groups in the state fighting for Naga sovereignty. However overlooking the ceasefire, killing among the factions had not been stopped, therefore the joint forum had organized peace rally all over the state appealing to the various factions to completely stop this fratricidal killings amongst the Nagas, he added.

Others who spoke in the same function were Speaker Naga Hoho, President Naga council, President NSF, President DNSU and retired Additional Chief Secretary & Commissioner, T.N Manen. All the speakers jointly voiced and aired their displeasure over the random killings amongst the various factions in the state fighting for sovereignty.

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