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Nagas and Assamese vow to foster fraternity

Nagas and Assamese vow to foster fraternity
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Nagas And Assamese Vow To Foster Fraternity. Towards building friendship and fraternity between the two neighbouring communities, Naga and Assamese civil societies onFriday advocated for consistent dialogues

Guwahati : Towards building friendship and fraternity between the two neighbouring communities, Naga and Assamese civil societies onFriday advocated for consistent dialogues at various levels to bring to an end the festering distrust, suspicions and widening gulf between the two states.

The first-ever Naga-Assamese Round Table Talk held at Indian Institute of Bank Management (IIBM), Khanapara in Guwahati also asserted that while the civil societies should vigorously endeavour for enhancing people-to-people contact, both Assam and Nagaland governments and the Centre must seriously pursue the vexed issues that involved the two states for their amicable resolutions.

In a bid to begin a much needed dialogue process between the two neighbours, the day-long deliberation, organized by Nanda Talukdar Foundation (NTF) Guwahati, was attended by delegates from both sides who expressed serious concern over accumulated mistrust, animosity and mindsets conditioned through myths, an NTF release said.
Both sides agreed that there should be some institutionalized mechanism from civil societies for effective interventions whenever some unwarranted incidents occurred in inter-state border areas and de-escalate tensions arising out from even a small incident.
The Naga delegation led by noted social worker and peace crusader Niketu Iralu comprised apex tribal council Naga Hoho’s president Chuba Ozukum, Naga Mothers’ Association’s adviser Prof Rosemary Dzuvichu, Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) president Subenthang Kikon while Assam was represented by noted academic Prof Udayan Misra, Asom Sahitya Sabha president Dr Dhrubajyoti Bora, AASU chief Adviser Dr Samujjwal Bhattacharya, Purbanchaliya Tai Sahitya Sabha president Dr Dayananda Borgohain, former Upper Assam Commissioner Sayad Iftikhar Hussein among others.
The meeting presided over by Editor of Asomiya Pratidin and NTF president, Nitya Bora, was attended by a galaxy of academics, senior journalists, columnists and social workers as invitees, who also put forwarded their valuable suggestions towards fostering goodwill and fraternity between the two communities.
Niketu Iralu, who strongly believes in power of human goodness, said that both fears and hopes actually brought two sides to talk to each other this morning for finding a way forward. He expressed the hope that such a dialogue would definitely improve relationship between the Nags and the Assamese, but at the same, “we should not allow the criminals and lumpen characters to hold us ransom.”
Udayan Misra reminded that it would be very unfortunate for both the Assamese and the Nagas if they were allowed to be swayed by the anti-socials and goons as well as by the indifferences from the privileged sections.
He maintained that the perceived differences and stands on contentious issues could be sorted out only through dialogues in a democratic environment.
Appreciating the initiatives for holding such an important deliberation, Naga Hoho president Chuba Ozukum also insisted on maintaining age-old relationship between the two neighbours at any cost and preventing all unwarranted situations that might lead to misunderstanding and distrust.
Pointing out that the root of Asom Sahitya Sabha lies at Kohima, Sabha president Dr Dhrubajyoti Bora said that such meeting of minds and hearts would “show us an way forwards” towards resolving many conflicting issues.
Naga Mothers Association (NMA) adviser Prof Rosemary Dzuvichu asserted that in any conflict situation the women could play a very pro-active role in resolving differences if they are united, and called upon Assamese women to work together with their Naga counterparts to create an environment of trust, friendship, love and compassion.
Highlighting the age-old relationship between the Ahoms and the Nagas, president of Purbanchaliya Tai Sahitya Sabha Dr Dayananda Borgohain insisted on holding such dialogue on regular basis for mitigating the present environment of entrenched suspicions against each other.
AASU’s chief adviser Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya urged the organizers of the round table to continue their endeavour for a consistent dialogue process involving the two neighbours.
Speaking on roles of media in conflict situation, senior journalists Prasanta Rajguru and Bano Haralu appealed to media persons to be more sensitive and responsible while reporting any untoward incident which involves two states.
The reporters should maintain self-regulation and check the temptation to sensationalise the happenings, they suggested, adding it was most imperative to gather views and opinions from both sides.
Attending the meeting as an independent observer, NEC member C K Das said peace and normalcy in the region is pre-requisite for growth and development, and civil societies can play a major role in creating that environment.
Wrapping up the event, NTF president Nitya Bora insisted that the civil societies on both sides should make sincere efforts to hold such meaningful deliberations at least twice in a year to continue the dialogue process.
Senior journalists Samudragupta Kashyap, Mrinal Talukdar and Atanu Phukan undertook this bold initiative to organize the round table in the backdrop of festering distrust, suspicions and animosities between the two communities.
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)
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