The State of Nagaland was formally
inaugurated on December 1st, 1963, as the 16th State of
the Indian Union. It is bounded by Assam in the West, Myanmar (Burma) on the
east, Arunachal Pradesh and part of Assam on the North and Manipur in the
South. The State consists of seven Administrative Districts, inhabited by 16
major tribes along with other sub-tribes. Each tribe is distinct in character
from the other in terms of customs, language and dress.
The emblem or seal of
Nagaland consists of a bull statant proper in a hilly landscape Vert. Legend:
/ GOVERNMENT OF NAGALAND.
It is supposed that the
seal replaced the older Asoka-capital, common for most of the Indian states,
The seal shows a Gaur (Bos gaurus - Bovidae), the largest species of wild cattle, bigger
than the Cape buffalo, water buffalo and bison. The domesticated form of the
gaur is called gayal or mithun.
The Gaur occurs as a supporter in many achievements of the former princely states of India.
Gaur (Bos gaurus -
On 30 june 2005 The Telegraph Calcutta wrote:
It is not known what has happened with the proposal.
The Nagaland Police uses the bull, now charging, as well. He is placed on a field parted per pale of Gules and Azure with the title of the Nagaland Police above and the motto SECURIY SERVICE SACRIFICE on a ribbon below. In chief is the crest of India with its motto.
© Hubert de Vries 2009-07-27