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-six. Recruiting
caption: recruits from Asalu and Impoi
medium: books
person: Perry
location: Asalu Impoi
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
text: Asalu and Impoi, on the other hand, were eager to do so. There were so many candidates we were able to pick and choose. The pay offered wasn't high, only ten to fifteen rupees a month, but the two villages were still almost destitute and the work offered a heaven-sent escape from economic bondage in the Kachari fields. Not only that; since we had helped them in the famine and kept our word to them about the free relief, they trusted us. If Perry and I said that this scheme was a good thing and they ought to join it, why, then, they did, for what we said was likely to be true, and if the Government had helped them when they were hungry it was up to them to turn to and help the Government.