FNR seeks ‘reimagining peace process’

KOHIMA, Jan 14: The Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) has advocated “reimagining the Indo-Naga peace process with one that encompasses and compliments the political exchanges between the government of India and the Naga political groups by raising Naga peoples’ voices through inclusive participation and transparency.”
Stating that, based on the current political narrative being articulated, the people of Nagaland “are not optimistic about a breakthrough in the peace process,” the NFR said the “omission of the people at this crucial stage is shortsighted,” and stressed the need for immediate connection with the people.
“The present presumptions emanating from an interpretation of the 8 September, 2018 ‘Declaration of the Naga collective spirit’ made by Naga political parties, tribe hohos, religious organizations and civil society groups in a meeting facilitated by the FNR reflect an ideological screen of one-dimensional politics,” it said.
While the present political process is organised under recognized and established entities, the presumptions seem to be an attempt to pass the buck to the FNR in an effort to avoid jumping the hurdle of sustainable peace, it said.
“While the people are still waiting to officially hear in detail what is being worked out, these presumptions cannot be permitted to impede the possible transformation which is in the making,” the FNR said.
Asserting that the FNR is not necessarily a Church organization, it said, “We must avoid any political character of Christian convictions that might otherwise be a reactionary position endangering other religious bodies and communities,” adding that the FNR has never been part of the Naga political process with the government of India.
“The FNR’s primary mandate from the Naga people has been to work for Naga reconciliation on the basis of Naga historical and political rights,” it said. “Consequently, any agreed upon issues of the Nagas between the entities cannot be credited to the FNR.”
Calling for “reimagining the peace process,” it said the process should include the people’s active participation.
“A reimagined peace process has reconciliation as the pivotal point that will determine whether an outcome can be implemented in a manner which is respectful, dignified, durable, sustainable and just, and therefore workable,” the FNR said.