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‘Jana Gana Mana’ sung in Nagaland Assembly for the first time; video goes viral

KOHIMA: The Indian national anthem was played in the Nagaland Assembly Session for the first time since Nagaland officially became a state of the Indian Union on December 1, 1963.

The anthem, ‘Jana Gana Mana’, composed by Rabindranath Tagore, was played both before and after Nagaland Governor RN Ravi addressed the 7th Session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly on February 12, 2021.

Security analyst Nitin A Gokhale took to Twitter to share a video of the rare moment, where he wrote: “Pl see the video below. At first glance, perfectly normal scene, right? But you will be amazed, like I was, to know that this was for the first time that the National Anthem was played in the Nagaland Assembly. Just for the record, Nagaland became a State on 1 December 1963, (sic).”

AMeanwhile, Assembly commissioner and secretary Dr PJ Antony informed that the newly introduced tradition of playing the National Anthem was never the convention in the Nagaland Assembly for unknown reasons, but the move has been “well-received” by all members.

Nagaland was a part of the province of Assam when India attained independence in 1947.

On 1 December 1963, the state of Nagaland was formally inaugurated and Kohima was declared as the state capital.

After the first-ever elections held in January 1964, the first democratically elected Nagaland Legislative Assembly was constituted on 11 February 1964.

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