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National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) (India)

Last modified: 2013-10-12 by ian macdonald
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About the NSCM

The Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) is a Naga nationalist extremist group operating in Northeast India. The main aim of the organization is to establish a sovereign state, "Nagalim" unifying all the areas inhabited by the Naga people in Northeast India and Burma.
Source: Wikipedia

Possible religious flag

[National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) Flag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 March 2009

The armed insurrection of the Nagas against Indian central government began in 1956, others say already during WWII, when British forces fought against Japan. Today various groups are fighting against the government of India and against each other as well. The NSCN was established in 1980 and split into NSCN-IM (Isak-Muivah faction) and NSCN-K (Khaplang faction) in 1988. IM is derived from the leaders of that wing Isak Chisi Swu and Th. Muivah, K from its leader S.S. Khaplang. NSCN was the successor of NNC(Nagaland National Council). The NSCN is fighting for an “entire Greater Nagaland” incl. Nagaland and 4 districts in Manipur (Ukhrul, Senapati, Chandel, Tamengong) and two districts in Arunachal Pradesh (Tirap, Changlang), where is the operation area of the council, based on Maoist ideology. NSCN also claims that neighbouring areas of Assam and Myanmar are parts of Greater Nagaland. NSCN-IM is based on the clan of Tangkhuls, while NSCN-K is based on that one of Konyaks.
NSCN and before NNC were banned under the Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act from 1967. In 2004 NSCN had estimated 2000 fighters. I found an image, showing young NSCN-IM fighters making music. One boy wore a shawl around its head and upon his guitar there was a sticker, showing a badge. But I wasn’t sure, whether the shawl should be considered as a flag. Furthermore NSCN was said to be a pioneer of using the web for its targets. But on their page I only found images of the celestial blue “rainbow and star flag”. But recently I saw an update showing the “shawl flag” hoisted in front of Somdal Baptist church.

Description of flag:
It is a green over white over green horizontal triband having pinkish fimbriations between the stripes.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 March 2009

This flag is not related with the NSCN, but is probably a religious flag. I also made a great amplification of the original photo and the supposed fimbriations don’t seem to be.
Jaume Ollé, 8 August 2013

I don't know, whether I posted another photo with guerillas wearing the flags as shawls. It was taken from an Indian weekly from 2004, unfortunately not mentioning which faction it was (the faction is a mere presumption and there should probably be a word of caution here). I agree with Jaume insofar as usually the blue flag with a rainbow is to be found widespread in the internet. This flag might be doubtful, but its too early to delete.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 September 2013