THE NAGA

The following maps present a territorial history of Nagalim. 

Mineral Resources and State vs NSCN Conflicts

This map is not meant at all to be a comprehensive picture of the spatial correlation between points of conflict and mineral deposits. Rather, it is meant to serve as an example of how mineral deposits and conflict points can be visualized, and also to serve as testament to the dearth of spatial data representing north east India

Nagalim Territory

This is a simple reference map that depicts the territory claimed by the Naga people as defined by the National Socialist Council of Nagaland/Nagalim. While the creation of this map didn’t require any analysis and very little data manipulation, I felt it was still important to represent in a professional manner the territory claimed by the NSCN overlaid on the state boundaries. The Naga Nation comprises about 3 million people and declared itself an independent nation even before India officially declared independence from the British in 1947. Some Naga nationalists have stated that their declaration for independence even goes back to 1929. For the Naga people, as with many indigenous communities, mapping their territory has been and can be a step towards realization of self-determination as a nation free from the rule of the Indian State. 

Nagalim Territory #2

This is also a simple reference map depicting the Nagalim territory as defined by the NSCN. This map however is slightly more nuanced because it conveys the idea that there are people caught in this struggle between the state of India and the Naga nationalists who are divided over the independence movement. They are culturally similar, but don’t necessarily identify completely as Naga in the same way the nationalists do. The hatched area of the Naga territory depicts those “similar Naga ethnic groups” and how they are included in the collective Naga identity because it strengthens the independence movement,“[b]ut some groups sharing similar cultural traits do not identify with the Naga nationalist movement. Depending on the benefits of exclusion and inclusion and the coercive tactics used by the Naga nationalist groups, some groups identify themselves as Naga and others do not” (Gellner 174). Gellner refers to this as the “invoking of an ‘ethnie’” (173).