The Department of Information & Public Relations organized a photography exhibition on the theme ‘Journey of Nagaland through the lens’ to commemorate the 76th Independence Day at Nagaland Civil Secretariat Plaza, Kohima on 15 August 2022. The exhibition was inaugurated by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.
The exhibition displayed photos depicting some of the State’s historic events, development activities, Members of the Interim Body of Nagaland Legislative Assembly, Chief Ministers of the State and other dignitaries who have visited the State over the years, including some current events in the State. Some of the photos on display have been collated from government source and the others were sourced from IPR Department.
Historical events like the then President of India Dr. S. Radhakrishnan delivering the inaugural address of the formation of Nagaland State on 1 December 1963, glimpses of the first Statehood Day celebration, and the Round Table Conference of Naga People’s delegation with Government of India at New Delhi were on display.
Photos of prominent figures like Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s visit to Zunheboto on 22 October 1982, Prime Minister Morarji Desai’s visit to Mokokchung on 8 November 1968, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s visit to the State in 2003, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Hornbill Festival in 2014, famous evangelist Dr. Billy Graham’s visit to Kohima for the Kohima Evangelistic Crusade – popularly known as Dr. Billy Graham Crusade – held from 17 to 22 November 1972 were some of the pictures that were also on display.
The portraits of the 11 Chief Ministers – P Shilu Ao, T N Angami, Hokishe Sema, Vizol, J B Jasokie, S C Jamir, K L Chishi, Vamuzo, T R Zeliang, Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu, and Neiphiu Rio – who have served the State since the formation of Nagaland were also displayed. Members of the Interim Body of Nagaland Legislative Assembly, 18 February 1961 – 30 November 1963 were exhibited.
Photographs capturing some development activities that have taken place in the State over the years such as then Chief Minister S C Jamir inaugurating the International Trade Centre at Pangsha in Tuensang on 15 November 1996; Minister, Agriculture, Dr S Barnala inaugurating the first Agriculture and Veterinary College in Nagaland on 20 October 1978 at Medziphema; Union Minister, External Affairs, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurating the New Secretariat Complex of Nagaland on 1 December 1995; the launching of the first Helicopter service in Nagaland in 2007; the inauguration of completed buildings of government offices like Industries & Commerce, Urban Development, Horticulture, Land Resources, DUDA Guest House (Tuensang, Mon, Longleng, Kiphire), and Information & Public Relations were also exhibited.
Photos of events held in the State to commemorate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, celebrating 75 years of India’s independence, were also exhibited. In addition, the exhibition also showcased photos related to the COVID-19 pandemic across the State such as the launch of the COVID-19 vaccine on 14 January 2021. Also, with apprehensions over the vaccine and wide publicity needed to allay the public’s fear, the Department was involved in creating awareness by capturing photos of doctors, who were the first recipients receiving the COVID vaccine, in all the districts.
LED screens were also set up at the exhibition for visitors to view the photos displayed in the exhibition through virtual mode.