The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts on the Nagas from 'Census of India, 1931 - Volume III - Assam Report'

caption: Chapter VII. Infirmities
caption: insanity
medium: reports
person: Mullan/ C.S.
date: 1931
text: 85. The number of persons recorded as insane had increased by 1,327 since 1921....In the hills, however, although the proportion of insane per 100,000 of the population is still considerably higher than in the plains, there has been an actual decrease of 36 lunatics since 1921 and the proportional decrease has been fairly large especially in the case of males.
text: This welcome decrease is, however, merely due to the eccentricity which the Naga Hills exhibited in their figures for 1921. In 1931 only 62 insane persons were recorded in that district against 255 in 1921 and 52 in 1911. The high figure of 1921 was such a surprise that a special reference was made to the Deputy Commissioner of the district who attributed the rise to increased accuracy and to the fact that more local enumerators were employed than in 1911. But in the view of the 1931 figures this explanation is not convincing.