Imphal: Women play a vital role in bridging gap and division within the society and build mutual understanding in times of conflict among the groups of varied ideas and ideologies.
Similarly, amid tense situation in Manipur in view of the ongoing Naga political talks, Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) of Nagaland on Tuesday met their counterparts, Meira Paibis, and representatives of Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) in Imphal and reasoned out for peace.
Led by its president, Abeiu Meru, the six-member team conducted a closed-door meeting with representatives of Meira Paibis and COCOMI in Imphal.
The NMA delegates arrived in the state on Monday evening.
“The main agenda of the meeting is for peace. Our relationships with our fellow sisters in the Meira Paibis of Manipur can be traced back to 2013 when The Times of India awarded us together as Lifetime Peace Award,” said NMA president Meru.
Terming the meeting as fruitful, Meru also informed that the team has a task ahead of them and the concerns of the people of Manipur will be carrying back home and convey the message accordingly.
Echoing the spirit of understanding each other, Meru further said that: ‘We have shared our concerns each other and we have to live together as good neighbours with whatever the outcome of the talks, adding, As mothers, wherever we may be, we need peace.’
Calling it a peace mission of the NMA, such initiative hopes to create a platform of unity, oneness and sense of belonging in times of conflicts and divisive situations, Meru said.
NMA’s advisor Dr Rosemary Dzuvichu while maintaining the sanctity of inclusiveness among the Nagas, also stated, “The price of the Naga movement is heavy. So, when we are looking for peace, we are looking for all Nagas across boundaries.”
“I hope that the government of India is also serious and puts in serious efforts to ensure that an agreement is signed and peace comes to the Naga areas,” she added.
Apart from the ongoing Naga peace talks, the team had also discussed the built up of militarisation in both the states, issues confronting the women among others, it said.