Tough road ahead as final countdown begins: MP Lorho
R LESTER MAKANG
UKHRUL, 11th Sep: With the Government of India making clear its commitment to resolve the Indo-Naga political issue in three months' time, the countdown to the highly anticipated final solution is presumably well underway. But, at the same time, the road ahead for the Nagas to ring in a new era of 'liberation and peace' is not an easy one to traverse.
Pointing up 'signs of probable settlement' of the vexed Naga political issue in the context of GoI's new commitment, Outer Manipur MP Dr Lorho S Pfoze stated that the Centre has promised three months' time for resolving the issue and it is almost halfway into the countdown.
It is learnt that RN Ravi, the interlocutor, conveyed to NSCN (IM) leadership during a formal talk on July 26 last that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed towards resolving the Indo-Naga political problem within a three-month's time.
However, the tasks ahead for the Nagas are not easy just the same. "And here lies the biggest challenge before us. And that is, how do we manage to resolve all the differences that exist between the Centre and the Naga leadership over reaching an amicable final solution within some 50 days which are remaining out of the projected time frame," Dr Lorho declared, while speaking at the felicitation function held in his honour in Ukhrul town Wednesday.
Although agreed that the challenges before the Nagas at this juncture are difficult, he reminded the gathering of the popular saying 'when the going gets tough, the tough get going.' "My dear Naga brethren, be strong in your conviction and faith. Only then, God accomplish your goals and aspirations," Dr Lorho said.
"This is where Nagas need to stick to truth for the truth shall prevail. Because truth is where the Almighty God is. If we hold on to truth, God is with us and victory is for us," he demonstrated, explaining what God has done for him to serve the people in his constituency, by elevating him as an MP.
He then urged all Naga public to set aside their differences and march forward for the cause of common aspirations and appealed to all not to give up their hope even in the face of odds.
Much in the same way, the NPF MP also reminded the gathering that Nagas have neighbours they could never ignore. "We have our neighbours. We have to reach out to them, make peace with them and earn the love, respect and confidence. We cannot afford to lose the trust that we have of one another and live together peacefully," he further advocated.
The felicitation programme was organised by Naga People's Front (NPF) Ukhrul district in celebration of the election of Dr Lorho to the Outer Manipur parliament constituency on the party's ticket.
As part of the ceremony, a special programme for invoking blessings for the new MP was also held, led by UBC Pastor Rev Remember Rimai. NPF MLAs including Chingai MLA Khashim Vashum, Phungyar MLA Leishiyo Keishing and Tamei MLA Awangbow Newmai joined NPF Ukhrul president Wungnaoshang Shimray and his party functionaries in congratulating Dr Lorho.
The function was also attended by UADC chairman Dr Yaronsho Ngalung and his councillors, ADC Senapati and Tamenglong chairmen and their councillors, TNL president Hopingson Shimray and other public leaders.
An array of Tangkhul artistes including Thangmeiso Shinglai, Oshim, Yursari Ngalung, Chungshangla Jajo, Nimshimphi Muivah and others enthralled the gathering with their popular songs throughout the proceedings.