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Nagaland – Adventures in the Land of Nagas – Obtaining ILP (Part 2)

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Exploring Nagaland was like unfolding secret pages of India’s treasure book. It felt like going back ages & watching a live museum in the era of hunting and farming. It was a real discovery of breathtaking and untouched natural beauty, a preview of hidden and unknown Indian traditions, supreme quality of people and their hospitality.

Click for: Part One | Part Two | Part Three

Only two things can change such situations-  Attitude OR strict observance of the law.

Only two things can change such situations- Attitude OR strict observance of the law.

Next day, early morning we reached Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) office and applied for an Inner Line Permit (ILP). The officer in there was asking Neeraj and Harsha about our Mt. Saramati trek plan. Listening to their conversation, person standing beside them gave them a phone number of one person from Kiphire district who was going to arrange a trek to Mt. Saramati. So nice of him!

That office guy asked us to come back in 2-3 hours as we requested for early processing of our forms. When we came back after 2 hours, there was huge crowd walking towards Commissioner’s office building. There were people of all age groups but mostly college and school children, holding banners, some wearing their traditional jackets, some in their uniforms. It was a silent protest.

Many people were gathered in front of office building and one person was talking on the microphone. We were surprised to see that just 2 hours before there was no clue of this rally and all of a sudden hundreds of people were there. All gates to the office were closed and the DC with some other officers was sitting in front of that gate. We tried to go inside to collect our ILP because we had no other choice as we had to leave for Kohima the very same day. Some guys got angry and stopped us from getting in but that office guy saw us and took us inside from an entrance behind the building and handed over our ILP. Thank God!

Mob in front of Deputy Commissioner's office, in demand for justice!

Mob in front of Deputy Commissioner’s office, in demand for justice!

GOD's creation - Man - is poor and helpless; Devils hold all the power.

GOD’s creation – Man – is poor and helpless; Devils hold all the power.

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On the way back we could read the message on their banners. It was “WE CONDEMN RAPE, RAPIST AND DEMAND JUSTICE”, “NOTHING JUSTIFY CHILD RAPE. ONLY ANIMALS DOES IT”. Then we realized that its something very serious. Neeraj started taking pictures of the protest rally. Harsha and Shuba weren’t comfortable with Neeraj taking photos and started walking fast. But I know Neeraj. He can’t stop himself from such events. I think he is in wrong profession. He would have enjoyed journalism more! We took some pictures politely and headed back to our hotel for check out.

Proportion of Good to Bad  is always 100:1. But that means 1 is enough for 100s...sad but true

Proportion of Good to Bad is always 100:1. But that means 1 is enough for 100s…sad but true

Do we gather to delegate responsibility?

Do we gather to delegate responsibility?

Despite being the largest city of Nagaland, I didn’t feel that Dimapur was “real” Nagaland. Maybe its because only 50% population of Dimapur are Nagas; all others are migrants.

What do you think of the story so far? Please leave me a comment below and let me know!

To be continued… Click for Part Three.


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