Kohima, Sept 27 : The urge for peace is very strong amongst the people of Nagaland, which is demonstrated in the 'Peace Day' celebrations, held on September 6.
In the first week of September, Nagaland celebrated the 45th anniversary of the historic peace agreement between the Central Government and the Nagas on September 6, 1964, which for the first time set the state on the path of normalcy.
Nagaland Baptist Church had played a major role in bringing the historic reconciliation.
On September 6, 1964, a stone memorial was erected in Chedema peace camp in Nagaland, symbolizing the effort made by the Nagaland Baptist Church council and by the government to restore peace in the state. Since then, September 6 has been called as 'the Peace day' by the Nagas.
The peace day celebrations are getting stronger with each passing year. It is this strength and urge for peace that brought hundreds of Nagas from across the state to this peace memorial to commemorate peace.
R.L.K. Longchar, Director of Nagaland Baptist Church Council, said, "The 1964 ceasefire was a joyous occasion for the Nagas because before that there was much tension, fear and fighting between Indian security forces and the Naga people."
"When we heard that peace will come, ceasefire will come, the whole population of Nagaland was rejoicing. It was a day of great rejoicing and even now we want that this celebration will promote the ceasefire and ultimate peace, the solemn real peace will prevail in Nagaland," added Longchar.
To commemorate the day a thanksgiving service was held at Chedema Peace Camp under the initiative of the Nagaland Baptist Church Council, with hundreds of the Nagas and church leaders attending the prayers for permanent peace.
On the occasion the people also criticized various Naga factions who are fighting among themselves and creating hurdles in the way of permanent peace and intra and inter tribal unity.
Lhouvitsu, a member of Nagaland Federal Council said, "Nagas have been unfortunate to face all sorts of unwanted happenings and killings among themselves. By killing a Naga no Naga can claim that he works for the good of the Naga people, anybody can understand it."
"To have permanent peace in our land, there has to be reconciliation among ourselves in our own land, otherwise external reconciliation will be unable to bring the desired peace within the nation of our land," said Shevohu Keyho, another member of Nagaland Federal Council.
Nagas, a peace loving community, always enjoy the spirit of life. They see violence as an aberration and the main road bloc in their celebration of life. They know that peace can keep them happy and only then they can sing the song of life.