The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book - 'Naga Path', by Ursula Graham Bower, published John Murray 1950

caption: Chapter twenty-four. Famine
caption: mounting tension as Japanese advance
medium: books
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
text: Lastly, there was the atmosphere of those three months. The Japs were just beyond the border, there was tension everywhere; rumour and counter-rumour rippled through. The Zemi were afraid. Talk magnified our defeats; Jap prowess was exalted. Invasion in the autumn seemed certain, and what to do when it came was a problem for all of us. Some time in July I had a message. Over in Manipur, the Kabui, Zemi and Lyeng had held a meeting to decide on joint action should the administration withdraw. They asked whether, in that event, I would stay behind as their leader.
text: I sent back, for the moment, a non-committal reply. But, if invasion came, I meant to stay.