Noklak District – The Youngest District of Nagaland

Noklak District is the youngest district in the state of Nagaland with its headquarters at Noklak Town. The Khiamniungan tribe inhabit the district and are a peaceful and kindhearted people.

It was established on 21st December, 2017.

Demographics and Geography

The district covers an area of 1152 sq/km, roughly equal to the district of Zunheboto. The residents of Noklak are expected to have an enormous amount of opportunities in terms of employment since many Government offices will be set up.

Noklak District
Noklak Town

Administration

It has 5 Sub – Divisions namely; Noklak, Thonoknyu, Nokhu, Panso and Chingmei. And as of 31st July, 2020, netizens of the district will witness the appointment of its first Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police.

History of Noklak District

When the Swedish journalist Bertil Lintner first came into contact with the Khiamniungan Nagas in the 1980s, he called them Kalyo-Kengnyu – “dwelling in stone houses” – a name they earned owing to their mountainous habitat in the snow-clad Patkai ranges.

The Khiamniungans are a transnational Naga tribe inhabiting mountainous geographies across northwestern Myanmar and northeastern India. In the Indian state of Nagaland, they live in the small border town of Noklak and its multiple cluster villages tucked away amidst the emerald hills.

Noklak District

Local Ground, Noklak

At this moment in time

Just as the other neighboring Naga tribes, the Khiamniungans are traditionally known as fierce warriors – for taking heads of the opponents in tribal warfare. The tribe is often neglected in the greater Naga political discourses of India and Myanmar, owing to their remote location and marginalization. In India, the Khiamniungan “ancestral land” starts from Chendang Saddle, a place 25 kilometers off from Tuensang, a major border town in the eponymous district of India’s Nagaland state, and rises in the mountains above 3,000 meters up to Dan, a border checkpoint on the Indian side of the Indo-Burmese border. Adherents of Christianity, the Khiamniungan population in India is currently estimated at over 60,000.

Conclusion

The Khiamniungans are still leading a considerably reclusive life because of their geographical isolation and poor road connectivity. But, as a Khiamniungan elder in Noklak District puts it, they’re “trying to catch up with time and adapt to changes brought in by modernity.”

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