Mother’s day

Linked with Neidonuo Angami – India.

Published on KUKNALIM, by K.Venkatraman, 2005.

A mother’s love is not reason enough to be one among the 1,000 women worldwide, who have been jointly nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005. But then, Neidonuo Angami is not your regular friendly neighbourhood mom.

Born in a state that has given birth to India’s oldest insurgency — Nagaland — Angami (56), among other things, is the founding member and first president of the feared and respected Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA).

Besides demanding that factionalism, insurgency and tribal rivalry don’t rob mothers of their sons, the NMA’s silent ‘Shed No More Tears’ campaign, led by the dynamic Angami, is credited with making different warring factions in Nagaland sit up and think of lasting peace.

Finally, the initiative of women was being noticed, especially the powerful NSCN (Isaac-Muivah), thanks to a woman who felt very strongly about empowering women. Due to the NMA’s efforts, the Naga peace process was underway and on strong ground …

… “Our work is still continuing, and drug addiction is still a serious problem. But intervention by organisations such as the NMA has seen a growth in recovery”, says Angami.

In her long career of social work Angami has also represented the NMA at various peace and HIV/AIDS related conferences, in India and abroad, and has been part of the Indo-Naga Peace Process consultation in Nagaland, New Delhi and Bangkok.

On her Nobel Peace Prize nomination Angami says, “It is a tribute to women, to all Nagas and I’m looking forward to being among the winners. The Naga peace talks are on, and NMA is the bridge-builder, among our own people and neighbouring states”. (full text).

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