|Headlines Vol. 1 Issue No. 8||March 22 - April 6, 2002|
‘Congress should work to realise Naga reconciliation’
Says S. C. Jamir at the NPCC session.
Minister S. C. Jamir has appealed to the people of the State to reconcile
with the ground realities around them and asserted that the ruling
Congress party should make sincere efforts to realise the much talked
about Naga re-conciliation, a prerequisite to find a pragmatic solution to
the vexed Naga political problem.
the general session of Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC), the
Chief Minister said the process of re-conciliation should not be left to
NGOs alone, rather the Congress should work to make it possible so that
the Nagas can speak in one voice and present a common front.
NGOs and church under the banner of apex tribal council Naga Hoho launched
the re-conciliation campaign, asserting that this process of healing must
precede the political talks to search for settlement of the vexed issue.
by the party’s poll performance in Punjab, Uttranchal and Manipur, the
day-long general session held with the theme “the Truth We Believe, the
World We Transform,” has been described by political observers as the
preparation of ground for next Assembly election in the State by the
Jamir, who is also the president of NPCC, pointed out ‘the
re-conciliation is a practical and workable belief but not an abstract
concept,” insisting that the bitterness and animosity of the past must
give way to pragmatism and common sense. “Unless we are reconciled with
the truth and differentiate reality from illusion, we will continue to
live in a dream world. While we yearn for peace and re-conciliation
senseless violence between different groups continues in the name of
sovereignty and nationalism,” Mr. Jamir maintained. Favouring
involvement of all political parties, underground groups, NGOs and
churches in the on-going peace process to arrive at a consensus, the Chief
Minister exhorted the people to reconcile with the fact that solution to
the vexed problem lies within the ‘parameter of the national policy’.
Highlighting the major achievements of the Congress government in the past
ten years and particularly after declaration of the cease-fire, the Chief
Minister reminded the party workers that they have to go to the people
once again soon seeking their mandate. “We are confident that the people
will acknowledge the commitment of the Congress for Naga people’s
interest and will give us the mandate once again,” the NPCC chief
maintained. Mr. Jamir also highlighted the future economic agenda of his
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