Belho’s collection is possibly the largest private collection of Naga artifacts. “It started with my father, late. Raneilie Belho, who was a collector of all kinds of stuff” he says. “His collections included some rare memorabilia from the Second World War, which he had to eventually surrender to the then Deputy Commissioner when Nagaland got its statehood. My father was also an artist himself. He had a vast interest in woodcarvings. In his later years, we set up a small art gallery in our front yard where a few wood and metal-carving artists worked under his supervision. What was heartening is that, even with a modest gallery, Government officials would regularly visit with state guests’.

Dr. S.C Jamir, a veteran politician, famously known as the architect of modern Nagaland, served five times as Chief Minister of Nagaland, was a Member of Parliament during which he served as Union Deputy Minister of Railways, Labour & Rehabilitation, and later as the Union Deputy Minister of Community Development & Cooperation, Food and Agriculture. In later years of his political career, Jamir served as Governor of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Odisha. During the tenure of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Jamir was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and represented India as a member of UN delegations.
East Wind publisher Nona Arhe sat down with him in his home in Dimapur, Nagaland to hear his views on his state, Nagaland, his political party, the Indian National Congress, and the country’s Act East policy, which has special relevance to Northeast India.