Kohima: For the first time in 58 years, the National Anthem was played in the Nagaland Assembly session. It was played both before and after Nagaland Governor RN Ravi addressed the 7th Session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly on February 12, 2021.
This happened for the first time since Nagaland got statehood on December 1, 1963, that the National Anthem was played in the House.
This rare event was shared by the security analyst Nitin A Gokhale on his Twitter. He urged people to watch the video and informed them this was played the very first time National Anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’ was played in Nagaland Assembly since December 1, 1963.
The seventh session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA), which got underway on February 12, ended before schedule on Friday with its share of a new tradition.
Assembly commissioner and secretary Dr PJ Antony confirmed this, saying that playing the National Anthem was never the convention in the Nagaland Assembly for unknown reasons. But, he added there is not much to read between the lines because when the National Anthem was included as part of the Governor’s address in the house this time and the move was well-received by all the members.
After the independence of India in 1947, Nagaland remained a part of the province of Assam. The area began to experience insurgency, as well as an inter-ethnic conflict, from the 1950s. Violence grew to hinder the economic development of the area. On 1 December 1963, the state of Nagaland was formally inaugurated and Kohima was declared as the state capital. After elections in January 1964, the first democratically elected Nagaland Legislative Assembly was constituted on 11 February 1964. With agency inputs