FNR Convenor, Rev Dr Wati Aier, highlighted the significance of the Plebiscite Day in Naga history. Speaking at the Naga Plebiscite Day celebration in Kohima on 16 May, Aier stated that to safeguard the historical and political rights of the Nagas, the Naga plebiscite was conducted by the Naga National Council under the imaginative leadership of AZ Phizo with a great sense of purpose, despite much hard work and difficult circumstances.

Rev Dr Wati Aier
Rev Dr Wati Aier

Wati Aier emphasized that, although we are the smallest piece of the puzzle, we are celebrating this significant day with a humble spirit to join in this great historic event. He stated that this day holds an abiding significance in Naga history, adding, “Today, it is producing a spark of real hope. The unhappiness, anger, and despair we hear today from the young and old are a result of the loss of belief that the Naga future is possible.”

Aier called upon the Nagas for unity in spirit and hearts, transcending the differences created by individuals and groups. He urged the people to confront the present state within the current Naga family, which has been conditioned to define themselves in opposition to others. He emphasized that there is no different Naga, no bigger Naga, and no smaller Naga.

He mentioned that the historical and political rights of the Nagas have been weakened by external processes and internal divisions. However, he added that the Nagas have seemingly been weakened but not yet destroyed.

He observed that, despite recent disruptions in historical and political bonds, the Nagas have found new ways to relate to each other. He stated, “Every political individual and every political group has come to an understanding that, despite the disruption, the Naga people are more organic. We are more organic by knowing how to relate with one another,” urging people to form solidarity with each other to face dangers and move toward constructive nationalism.

Aier informed the gathering that the Nagas are learning to understand each other on essential issues, mentioning that the plebiscite is one among many essentials where all converge, further acknowledging the Naga political leaders. He emphasized the need for cooperation among the Nagas, recognizing their differences but agreeing on the need to cooperate. He stated, “It has begun, cooperation in the collective essentials, and this is honor and this is where we stand.”

“Nagas are generally altruistic, positive people. When it comes to other needs, we are selfless. This inborn cultural quality remains our strength,” he said, encouraging the younger generation to show altruism in a collective movement and urging them not to destroy their most cherished belonging. He further stated that the older generations have underestimated the younger generation’s understanding of the sophisticated contemporary world.

“A generation that does not offer its members the ability to work towards the common good is not a worthy generation,” he said, adding that shameful acts have been committed by his generation, including bringing violence against each other, hesitating toward the growth of Naga identity, and alienating themselves from the larger Naga family.

He concluded by stating that sacrifice is needed for a larger Naga family to bring peace and justice.

Mokokchung Times

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