Dimapur, Feb. 16: Zeliangrong Baudi Nagaland (ZBN) appealed to the tribal hoho of different tribes of Nagaland to come forward to the negotiating table and sort out the imbroglio with true sense of democracy.
Baudi, after observing the crux of issue and the demand placed by JCC and subsequent response from the government, felt the need for retrospection. It observed that the initial demand of JCC not to go ahead with ULB elections with 33 percent women reservation as it would go against the Naga customary laws seemed to have diverted with political overtones and the customary issue laid to the back burner.
Pointing out that in early days, Naga elders used to settle any dispute/issue through village governing system with all fairness under customary laws and practices without resorting to violent means showing utmost respect to each individual, the Baudi expressed believe that there is room for settlement in today’s affairs if such practices were good and acceptable.
It said as Nagas, we need to adopt the rich traditional practice of resolving any conflict without resorting to violence means, and allow ourselves not to be swayed by vested interest/ power mongers to dilute our rich culture and leave a precedence of violence. It added that the act of violence committed on the life and property of private individual in the name of addressing any issue is an alien culture.
Considering the plight of public especially student community, the Baudi urged the two sides to sit for dialogue and resolve the difference and bring back normalcy and peace in the State without further creating confusion and provocation. The Baudi president Rangsam N Hau and the general secretary Meijiang Gonmei appealed the stakeholders to response for peaceful dialogue and negotiation with due respect to each other.
While appreciating the State government for conceding to the probable demand of the people, it hoped that the present conflict be resolved amicably through negotiation keeping in mind the welfare and unity of the Naga family as utmost priority in such crucial juncture and further ensure that any decisions they took are in the best interests for the present and future generations of the Naga people.