An ordeal for tourists entering Nagaland

An ordeal for tourists entering Nagaland
Uli & Aseno who have highlighted the paperwork problems faced by tourists. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEP 30 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/30/2018 11:46:26 AM IST

The alleged harassment faced by a German man along with his Naga wife while entering Nagaland few days ago once again exposed how the mechanism to monitor entry of visitors to the State is deeply flawed. 

German national Uli along, with his Naga wife Aseno, rode all the way from New Delhi on his Triumph Tiger 800 CC bike and did not face any problem along the way before finally reaching Chumukedima police check gate on September 27.

The couple told Nagaland Post that they were riding smoothly before being stopped by some “rude” policemen at the check gate who quizzed them thoroughly. Upon learning of Aseno’s Naga identity, the policemen asked the duo to get registered at North Police Station, Kohima as Uli was a foreigner.

However, Aseno alleged that they faced unnecessary harassment as they had to make several trips to both North and South Police stations, before being finally told that her husband could not be registered at either of the police stations.

While Uli, who is a physicist by profession, strongly supported Inner Line Permit (ILP), he felt that there should be a simple mechanism for a foreigner like him to register, including mentioning the purpose and duration of his visit. He said, had his wife not been a Naga, he would have had to endure more harassment during his Nagaland tour.

Nevertheless, Uli clarified that his curiosity for Nagaland had not been diminished by the issue, stating that he was hopeful that a more friendly mechanism would be put in place for allowing easy access to tourists, especially foreigners, to the State. He remarked that the Nagas were very friendly. 

Of course, the poor road condition in the State did not go down too well with the German national. He admitted that controlling his 800 cc bike on the State’s uneven roads was certainly a huge task. 

Meanwhile, Uli and Aseno charted a long list of places to visit, especially in eastern Naga areas starting from Meluri-Pungro-Thanamir, Kiphire and back to Meluri for the forthcoming Yemshi festival.

According to the couple, it was their hobby to travel around the world, adding that Nagaland was a small State but had many stories to tell.

Recalling their first visit to Longwa in Mon district four years back, the duo said it was an opportunity of a lifetime to see how things eventually changed as they got nearer to eastern part of the State.

One thing that amazed the couple was the approach of villagers, whom they described as “natural, compassionate and with huge hearts”, and said it was a thrilling experience for them to know the real life in villages. Uli remarked “They are so sweet.”

Aseno explained how during their 21 years of marriage they had travelled to almost the entire western part of Europe on their bike and were still keen to tour more. She said it was a hobby for them to go on a tour at least twice or thrice in a year.

After returning from Eastern Nagaland, the couple plan to visit Cherrapunji and Mawlynnong village, both in Meghalaya and the latter considered the cleanest village in Asia.


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