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Nagaland State Information
Capital : Kohima
Languages: English, Konyak Angami, Ao, Seema & Loth
Introduction to Nagaland
Nagaland as state of the India was born on 1st December 1963. Nagaland is
situated on the easternmost region of India. One of the seven sister states of
India, Nagaland is covered mostly by high-altitude mountains. The hospitability
of the people, culture and tradition simply touch the heart. Moreover, the
Nagaland is an ideal destination for trekking, rock climbing and jungle camping.
Geography of Nagaland
Nagaland is located on the extreme northern east just below Arunachal Pradesh.
It has on its long eastern strip the neighboring country Myanmar. The north is
bounded by Arunachal Pradesh, while on its west lies the state of Assam. Manipur
borders it on its south. Rains are heavy in Nagaland. The average rainfall is
between 175 cm and 250 cm. Most of the heavy rainfall is during the 4 months
from June to September. The rains during April to May is low. Strong winds blow
from the north west in February and March. The climate is pleasant. The terrain
is hilly, rugged and mountainous. The highest peak is Saramati in the Twensang
district, which is 3840 meters above sea level. The average height of the peaks
is between 900 and 1200 metres. The hillsides are covered with green forests. In
the Angami region the terraced fields are a feast to the eyes.
Brief History of Nagaland
The early history of Nagaland is largely undocumented. The chronicles of the
neighboring kingdom of Ahom in Assam notes the customs, economic activities of
the Naga tribes.
The Naga tribes had socio-economic and political links
with tribes in Assam and Myanmar - even today a large population of Naga
inhabits Assam. Following an invasion in 1816, the area along with Assam came
under direct rule of Myanmar. This period was noted for the oppressive rule and
turmoil in Assam and Nagaland. When the British East India Company took control
of Assam in 1826, they steadily expanded their domain over modern Nagaland. By
1892, all of modern Nagaland except the Tuensang area in the northeast was
governed by the British. It was politically amalgamated into Assam, which in
turn was for long periods a part of the province of Bengal.
The British noted that the Naga tribes were often engaged
in internecine warfare, and the practice of head-hunting - decapitating captives
and civilians for religious ceremonies. The British stopped inter-tribal
conflicts, and put an end to the practice of head-hunting by the use of force
and diplomacy. But it was largely due to the work of Christian missionaries in
the area that transformed Nagaland. Many Naga tribes embraced Christianity, in
particular the Baptist faith. A small group of tribes continue to practice the
animist religious traditions that existed before the arrival of the British.
After the independence of India in 1947, the area remained a part of the
province of Assam.
In 1957, the Naga Hills district of Assam and the Tuensang
frontier were united in a single political entity that became a Union territory.
Statehood was officially granted in 1963 and the first state-level democratic
elections were held in 1964.
Government of Nagaland
Neiphiu Rio is the Chief Minister of Nagaland. Rio is a member of the Nagaland
People's Front which joined other Naga regionalist parties and the state branch
of the BJP under his leadership to form the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland, a
coalition which won the 2003 state elections, bringing the 15-year-long rule of
the Indian National Congress in the state to the end. Rio took office as chief
minister on March 6, 2003.
Districts of Nagaland
Nagaland has 11 districts: Kohima, Dimapur, Phek, Wokha, Mokokchung, Tuensang,
Mon, Zunheboto, Longleng, Peren and Kiphere
Nagaland Travel Information
Nagaland is mainly land of the Naga tribes, It is famous internationally due to
World War II, because it was here that the Japanese advance was halted by
British and Indian troops. Some destinations for tourism in state are World War
II Cemetery, State Museum and Kohima Village (BARA BASTI). The nearest airport
and railhead are at Dimapur, Nagaland's gateway and commercial center.
Economy of Nagaland
Agriculture is the main important economic activity in Nagaland. More than 90%
of the population employed within it. Principal crops include rice, corn,
millets, pulses, tobacco, oilseeds, sugarcane, potatoes and fibers. However,
Nagaland still depends on the import of food supplies from other states. The
widespread practice of jhum - clearing for cultivation - has led to soil erosion
and loss of fertility. Only the Angami and Chakesang tribes in the Kohima
district use terracing and irrigation techniques. Forestry is also an important
source of income. Cottage industries such as weaving, woodwork and pottery are
also an important source of revenue. Tourism is important, but largely limited
owing to the state's geographic isolation and political instability in recent
Rivers of Nagaland
The main rivers that flow through Nagaland are Dhansiri, Doyang, Dikhu and
Education in Nagaland
The literacy rate in Nagaland is 67.11% as per census of 2001 with male literacy
at 71.77% and female literacy at 61.92%. The major university in the state is
Nagaland University, which has three campuses at Kohima, Lumami and Medziphema.
There are many Colleges, High Schools, Middle Schools and Primary Schools.
Food of Nagaland
The main food of the Naga tribes is rice. It is taken with meat or vegetables.
The Nagas are very fond of chillies and the Semas eat them with the greatest
delight. Meat could be beef, pork and chicken. Nagas also eat mithun, dogs,
cats, fish, spiders, birds, crabs - in fact almost any living thing that he can
lay his hands on. Even the elephant is eaten and is considered a delicacy. No
part of the animal is wasted. Even the skin and intestines are eaten. The skin
is spared only if needed for making a shield. Sometimes the meat is smoke dried
and preserved for a long time. Meat and vegetables are usually cooked together.
The food is generally boiled. Rice beer is the main drink. It is generally of
three kinds, Zutho, Ruhi, and Dzutse and may be taken at any time. It is
nutritive in content and if hygienically prepared is a desirable drink.
Arts & Culture of Nagaland
The Nagas belong to the Indo-Mongoloid family. The fourteen major Naga tribes
are the Angami, Ao, Chakhesang, Chang, Khemungan, Konyak, Lotha, Phom, Pochury,
Rengma, Sangtam, Sema, Yimchunger and Zeliang. Each tribe has their own
languages and cultural features. The important handicrafts of the Nagas are
woodcarving, bamboo work, pottery and blacksmithy.
Music of Nagaland
Music is an essential accompaniment to any Genna or
festival. The themes have a wide range of variety. They may glorify a tradition,
extol a specific act of heroism, narrate an important event of the recent past
or relate to a love story. A common musical instrument played by the Nagas is
Petu. It is a string instrument. The Angamis and Chakhesangs are particularly
fond of it and it is used to give the desired accompaniment to one's voice.
Another popular string instrument is Theku. Of the wind instrument, the flute is
Festivals of Nagaland
The festivals are mostly related to agricultural
operations. The important thing about the Naga festivals is their corporate
character. The community as a whole participates in the celebrations.
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