Nagalim: Prayers at NSCN camp for success of peace parleys with New Delhi
"We observed fast and prayer for the success of the peace talks and also we want to progress and continue in spiritual life", NSCN chairman Isak Chisi Swu told ANI.
Many cadres of the armed wing along with their families, attended the programme organized under the theme, "We have peace with God". The collective leadership chairman Isak Chisi Swu and general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah also joined the prayer, which started at 8:00 am and continued till 1:00 pm.
Eminent ethicist and theologian O. Shiluinla Jamir gave a sermon titled "Understanding God's mission in 21st century", to the armed wing cadres of NSCN (I-M) on the first morning service of 2005 in NSCN General Headquarters Church.
She expressed satisfaction that she was in the midst of people whose fortitude and persistence has kept the idea of Nagalim going. "We had a prayer and fast programme, since it was the first Sunday of the year, for the success of Indo-Naga peace talks. We did a lot of retrospection and introspection about our role and participation in God's mission", said Shiluinla on the sidelines of the prayer.
"God's mission to us is about liberation and deliverance from any oppressive culture, religion, power or structures. It is about reconciliation. Reconciliation involves mending relations between human beings. God wants all children to live in harmony and mutual responsibility", she said in her sermon.
Highlighting as to how NSCN can participate in God's mission, Shiluinla said, that (NSCN) could participate in God's mission by imitating God's love and compassion.
The famous Chambers Choir also participated in the programme and with their mesmerizing songs tried to spread the message of peace and God's mission of love on the auspicious occasion.
Appreciating the members of Chambers Choir after the prayer and fast programme, chairman Isak Chisi Swu said that they should propagate Naga culture to the outside world through music. "Let us pray to God that settlement comes first. Let us pray together that Nagalim is for Christ, that is the will of God," he said.
Meanwhile, the prayer and fast programme was also observed in the Council Headquarters of the organization last week to keep the idea of Nagalim going as well as for the success of Indo-Naga peace talks.
The NSCN collective leadership, chairman Isak Chisi Swu and general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah are presently in Nagaland to mobilize the popular Naga opinion before initiating the second inning of talks with New Delhi.
The arrival of NSCN top leaders in homeland has raised hopes of people, as both Swu and Muivah have thanked the Government of India for recognizing the unique history of Nagaland and for finding an amicable solution to the decades old political problem. (ANI)
Source: New Kerala