Sunday, February 25, 2024

Nagaland redrawing map with British-era documents

Nearly 30 years after losing its map, Nagaland has finally got down to drawing one with the help of a number of old British-era maps of the northeast provided to it by National Archives of India, reports Times News Network.
Though the state had lost its map after submitting it to the Centre in 1979, it came as a shock to the home ministry in September last year when the loss was brought to light by Nagaland during its submission before the Local Commission on Border.
TOI had first reported the loss on September 10 last year — leading the home ministry to pursue the matter with Survey of India, National Archives, state archive of Assam and National Library, Kolkata, to help Nagaland reconstruct the map all over again.
While National Archives has given 53 old maps of northeast to Nagaland, National Library and Assam state archive have been asked by the home ministry to make the requisite information available to the state so that it can draw its line of jurisdiction as early as possible.
In a glaring instance of callous handling of vital public documents, neither the Centre nor the state could keep the original documents safe.
Officials in the home ministry, however, said it was actually Assam’s responsibility to keep the documents/maps safe as it was handed over to the state government which has boundary disputes with Nagaland.
Assam, however, lost it. Nagaland, meanwhile, witnessed large-scale violence sparked by insurgents’ demand to carve out Greater Nagaland by extending the existing boundaries of the state — which came into existence in 1963.
It, however, remains a mystery why the home ministry, which received the original documents including map of Nagaland, did not keep a copy of what it got in 1979.

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