Tokheho Sema

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Tokheho Sema
Born(1932-11-19)19 November 1932
Sukhalu village, Nagaland, India
Died12 January 2017(2017-01-12) (aged 84)
Guwahati, Assam, India
Resting placeSukhalu village
Public servant
Known forNagaland Interim Body
Awards Padma Shri

Tokheho Sema (19 November 1932 – 12 January 2017) was an Indian politician from the state of Nagaland. [1] He served as a member of the 'Nagaland Interim Body' which oversaw the formation of the state in 1963. [2] [3] In 2016, the Government of India awarded him the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour, for his contribution to public affairs. [4]



Tokheho studied at the Government High School in Kohima and St. Edmund's School in Shillong. [5]

Political life

As part of the Nagaland Interim Body, he urged the Government of India for strong measures to prevent the escape to foreign countries of Nagas associated with the nationalist movement. [6]

Sema served as a minister of the state, [7] has contested the state assembly elections in 1993 as an Indian National Congress candidate [8] and is a former leader of the Congress legislature party in the assembly. [9]


Sema died on 12 January 2017, at the age of 84. [10]

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  2. "Ex-Interim Body member Tokheho gets Padma Shri". Nagaland Post. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  3. "After 50 years, 7 surviving members of interim body meet". Nagaland Post. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
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  6. The Times of India News Service (18 September 1962). "Ao on escape of hostiles: Nagaland Govt. Not To Blame". The Times of India . p. 9.
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