Passage to North East India
Embarking on a journey of India’s remote seven states of the North East is tumultuous but rewarding one. North-East India is the easternmost region of India consisting of the contiguous Seven Sister States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.
What is most notable and fantastic in North East India is the ethnicity. The peoples, languages, customs, cultures, crafts and cuisines change every 50 kilometres. The population is an astounding mix of racial stocks as varied as Mongoloids, Indo-Burmese, Indo-Iranian and Aryan.
Its avian and wildlife habitats are also a divine package of wetlands, grasslands and forest land.
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Battle of Kohima
In 15 March 1944, the Japanese 31st Division crossed the Chindwin River in Burma (Mynmar), plan to invade India, codenamed U-Go, was originally intended as a spoiling attack against the British IV Corps at Imphal in Manipur, to disrupt the Allied offensive plans for that year. Part of the plan involved sending the Japanese 31st Division (which was composed of 58th Regiment, 124th Regiment, 138th Regiment and 31st Mountain Artillery Regiment) to capture Kohima and thus cut off Imphal. From 3 to 16 April, the Japanese attempted to capture Kohima ridge, a feature which dominated the road by which the besieged British and Indian troops of IV Corps at Imphal were supplied. By mid-April, the small British force at Kohima was relieved.
From 18 April to 13 May, British and Indian reinforcements counter-attacked to drive the Japanese from the positions they had captured. The Japanese abandoned the ridge at this point but continued to block the Kohima–Imphal road.
From 16 May to 22 June, the British and Indian troops pursued the retreating Japanese and reopened the road. The battle ended on 22 June when British and Indian troops from Kohima and Imphal met at Milestone 109, ending the siege of Imphal.
Kohima has a large cemetery of 1,420 Allied war dead maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The cemetery lies on the slopes of Garrison Hill, in what was once the Deputy Commissioner's tennis court which was the scene of the Battle of the Tennis Court. The epitaph carved on the memorial of the 2nd British Division in the cemetery has become world-famous as the Kohima Epitaph. It reads:
“ When you go home, tell them of us and say,
For your tomorrow, we gave our today ”