Former Ambassador of India to Panama, the Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, Neichülieü Nikki Haralu passed away at Zion Hospital in Dimapur on Friday night. She was 98 years old. The eldest of eight siblings, she was born July 28, 1918 to the first Naga medical doctor Harielungbe Haralu of Poilwa village in Peren district.
She was the third Naga to go study in the United States, and also the first Naga ambassador. As a young girl, Neichiilieii Nikki grew up in Kohima village and received her primary education from Mission school, Kohima and studied her further schooling at the Welsh Mission Girls’ High School, Shillong.
Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang, who also hails from the same Zeliang Naga tribe as Neichülieü Nikki, mourned her demise. “We have lost a precious family member, She was not only the first IFS Diplomat from the Zeliang community but also from among the Nagas as a whole. She endeared herself to her people as a true ambassador of the Nagas,” he said adding she had proved to the people that Naga women are as capable as anyone.
HER LIFE TIMELINE:
- B.A. Degree (Political Science & Economics) from Kolkata University.
- M.A. (Social Science) from Haverford University (U.S.A)
- Joined Government of India Service as Assistant Research Officer in 1954.
- Appointed Information Officer in 1955 in the Ministry of External Affairs.
- Appointed Press Attaché at the Indian Embassy, Brussels (1958-1962).
- Appointed Senior Scale of the Indian Foreign Service, Ministry of External Affairs (1961).
- First Secretary, Embassy of India, Rome in 1962.
- Deputy Director (XP), Ministry of External Affairs (1965-68).
- First Secretary, Embassy of India, Washington (1968-71).
- First Secretary to Colombo & then Director, Ministry of External Affairs from 1975-78.
- Appointed as Ambassador of India, Panama & concurrently accredited as Ambassador of Costa Rica & Nicaragua from 1978-80.
- Retired from Indian Foreign Service in 1980.
- Chairman of Nagaland State Social Welfare Advisory Board (1987-1993).