Only Nagas can save themselves: Dr Wati
Dilip Sharma | 25 Sep 2008
If we are going to be saved, it will be the Nagas who does it we must learn that all Nagas, no matter which tribe, region or creed, have an investment in the future of Naga-Land.
Dimapur, September 25: Convener of the Forum for Naga Reconciliation, Dr Wati Aier today said that preservation of Nagas’ historical and political rights would depend upon an “alert” Naga populace, adding, the Nagas will have to guard their rights jealously and vigilantly from all forms of external and internal divisive and disruptive acts, and stop hoping that only a few will arise to lead the Nagas out of difficulty.
Making a presentation at the Naga Reconciliation meeting at Sumi Baptist Church here, Dr Aier said, “If we are going to be saved, it will be the Nagas who does it… we must learn that all Nagas, no matter which tribe, region or creed, have an investment in the future of Naga-Land.”
“We must return to the vision of the ‘historical and political rights of the Nagas’ or our children will suffer because of the commitment we have not kept,” he cautioned.
Regarding the process of reconciliation, the NFR Convener said that the campaign for a common voice and movement towards Naga reconciliation, unity and peace has set its pace and “we are moving on this road,” adding the Nagas are on the right direction, affirming their commitment to the process of reconciliation.
He further said that the word ‘reconciliation’ has been misused and betrayed amongst the Nagas. “We speak of peace and calls to peace have been made when there is no peace,” he pointed out, adding, “appeasement” is substituted for reconciliation.
“When we long for reconciliation with our ‘enemies’, we avoid the confession of our guilt and wrongs. So can anyone believe who talks of reconciliation with others but do not themselves practice it?” he asked and reasoned that average Naga doubts the word reconciliation, for they see everywhere the untruthful practice of “appeasement” and “propaganda”.
Dr Aier said that to demonstrate and to practice and to preserve Naga freedom through reconciliation at this time of the history means to preserve the long breath of hope in solidarity, between hate and anger and between reaction and revolution. He further called upon all to consciously accept the pain and dismay of the situation, making the cry of freedom out of the depths of the oppressed Nagahood and answering with a call to reconciliation.
Dr Aier further said that Nagas can be made free through reconciliation and this is our hope for the divided Nagas—a people tormented by the idols of its apprehension, misgivings and uneasiness. “We believe in the Nagahood, which is freed through reconciliation,” he added.