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Ahuna: ‘Peace only by Reconciliation’

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By EMN Updated: Nov 15, 2013 1:14 am
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Staff Reporter
DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 14

PEACE, in its uncomplicated and truest form, would come to settle in Nagaland only through reconciliation among Nagas of all tribes, and not through any negotiation or settlement with New Delhi. This message was shared on Thursday by the Parliamentary Secretary for RD & REPA, CL John here at Chekiye village in Dimapur during the celebration of Ahuna festival. Ahuna is one of the premier festivals celebrated by the Sumi-Nagas annually. Traditionally, it is an occasion to invoke blessings of the god of wealth, known as Litsaba among the Sumis.
The Parliamentary Secretary, however, explained that the occasion was also equally fitting to be one in which “we forgive each other and bless one another.” “This is the true celebration of Ahuna,” he said.
Of all the tribes of Nagas living in Nagaland, CL John said, the Sumis along with the Angamis, the Aos and the Lothas, have the responsibility to guide and lead the Naga people towards a peaceful future.
“If you, as the leader voice out, then the rest of us will follow,” he said while underscoring the need for peace in order to wipe out “tribalism, colonism” and the menace of taxation.
“Peace will not come from New Delhi. It will not come from negotiating with the Home Minister Chidamparam. The infighting must be stopped from within, others cannot come and stop it for us. We have to tell the groups to stop killing, and to forgive each other,” CL John said.
On this note, he said that festivals, besides the occasion o celebrate, also represent the chance to revive our life, perspective and purpose.
The Parliamentary Secretary also inaugurated the 3-storeyed multi-purpose building of Chekiye village council on the occasion. The building, constructed on converged funds under MGNREGA and MP, houses the village’s customary court and various offices of associations functioning in the village.
The Ahuna celebration was marked with performances on cultural dances and indigenous games.

PEACE, in its uncomplicated and truest form, would come to settle in Nagaland only through reconciliation among Nagas of all tribes, and not through any negotiation or settlement with New Delhi. This message was shared on Thursday by the Parliamentary Secretary for RD & REPA, CL John here at Chekiye village in Dimapur during the celebration of Ahuna festival.
Ahuna is one of the premier festivals celebrated by the Sumi-Nagas annually. Traditionally, it is an occasion to invoke blessings of the god of wealth, known as Litsaba among the Sumis.
The Parliamentary Secretary, however, explained that the occasion was also equally fitting to be one in which “we forgive each other and bless one another.” “This is the true celebration of Ahuna,” he said.
Of all the tribes of Nagas living in Nagaland, CL John said, the Sumis along with the Angamis, the Aos and the Lothas, have the responsibility to guide and lead the Naga people towards a peaceful future.
“If you, as the leader voice out, then the rest of us will follow,” he said while underscoring the need for peace in order to wipe out “tribalism, colonism” and the menace of taxation.
“Peace will not come from New Delhi. It will not come from negotiating with the Home Minister Chidamparam. The infighting must be stopped from within, others cannot come and stop it for us. We have to tell the groups to stop killing, and to forgive each other,” CL John said.
On this note, he said that festivals, besides the occasion o celebrate, also represent the chance to revive our life, perspective and purpose.
The Parliamentary Secretary also inaugurated the 3-storeyed multi-purpose building of Chekiye village council on the occasion. The building, constructed on converged funds under MGNREGA and MP, houses the village’s customary court and various offices of associations functioning in the village.
The Ahuna celebration was marked with performances on cultural dances and indigenous games.

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By EMN Updated: Nov 15, 2013 1:14:33 am