For the first time since Nagaland became a state on 1st December 1963, the National Anthem was played in 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.
Security analyst Nitin A Gokhale took to Twitter to share a video of the rare moment, where all the members of the Assembly stand as the National Anthem “Jana Gana Mana” is played in the House.
Cabinet minister and president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Nagaland state unit Temjen Imna Along said the state Assembly has created history by playing the National Anthem for the first time.
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.