Okay, we weren’t quite done with Nagaland in our last article. So, here is another article jotting down 20 weird Nagaland facts that you will simply refuse to believe. Nonetheless, your or our refusal hardly matters because that’s the truth and hence, these points make it to this list of facts about Nagaland – one of the states of the Seven Sisters of India.
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1. Have you ever heard of the term Naga Hoho? Naga Hogo is the name given to an organization formed by all the tribes in Nagaland. This organization owns and maintains every single piece of land you see in Nagaland. The government owns NOTHING – absolutely nothing.
2. Naga Hoho is not only responsible for protecting the lands of Nagaland but is also responsible for ensuring that the cultural history of Nagaland is not distorted by any outside influence.
3. In case you didn’t know, of the only two battle fields in India where actual armed conflict of World War II took place, one is in Nagaland. That place is called Kohima. The Battle of Kohima also goes by the name – the Battle of the Tennis Court.
4. Why such a weird name? That’s because, a part of the Battle of Kohima actually took place in the tennis court that was located at the Bungalow of the Deputy Commissioner of British.
5. Here is another interesting thing – Battle of Kohima, along with the Battle of Imphal (the other place in India where actual battle took place) are both referred to as Greatest Battles of Britain in the British National Army Museum.
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6. In the Battle of Kohima and also in the Battle of Imphal, the opponents were: Japanese + Indians versus the British + Indians. Yes, the Indians fought against the Indians. Why like that? Read on…
7. The Japanese Imperial Army was invited by Indian National Army (INA) headed by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose to fight and uproot the British Colonial Forces. So, INA joined hands with Japanese whereas the British forces consisted of the British Indian Army.
8. The two battles – that of Kohima and Imphal – were named as Operation U-Go by the Japanese and their motive was to invade and capture Northeastern India and then advance into Northern India.
9. The end result of the two battles was that Japanese forces (along with INA) were completely halted by the British forces (including British Indian Army) and the Japanese registered their biggest defeat at that point in time.
10. Though the Battle of Kohima was actually a supporting assault for the Battle of Imphal, both the battles led to massive loss of life and property. Both the battles have together been terms as the “Stalingrad of the East”.