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Reconciliation initiatives gain momentum in Nagaland

Amid mounting tension arising out of rampant factional fighting among rival underground groups, overwhelming peace and reconciliation campaigns by social groups and churches dominated Nagaland's socio-political scenario.

india Updated: Dec 26, 2008 12:57 IST

Amid mounting tension arising out of rampant factional fighting among rival underground groups, overwhelming peace and reconciliation campaigns by social groups and churches dominated Nagaland's socio-political scenario which witnessed unprecedented violence.

The beginning of the year saw the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN), comprising Nagaland Peoples Front, BJP and NCP, retaining power after an almost peaceful conduct of assembly election during a short spell of President's Rule.

Emphasising on the spirit of forgiveness and a common hope, Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR), an umbrella body comprising members from churches, tribal councils and social organisations, endured to usher in peace and unity when senseless killings for supremacy reached its peak vitiating the whole atmosphere during the first quarters of the year.

The reconciliation process, supported by the state government, was initiated at Chiang Mai in Thailand by holding series of discussions between FNR members and leaders of both groups of NSCN.

Similar exercise was also carried out in Nagaland leading to endorsement to the reconciliation initiative from the underground groups, which even played two friendly football matches as part of their 'commitment' to unity.

But contrary to hope for peace nurtured by the people, the war of attritions between the NSCN factions refused to die down and accusations and counter-accusations against each other continued unabated despite people's repeated appeals for exercising restraint.