The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript notes made by W.G. Archer between 1946 & 1948, and miscellaneous papers and letters

caption: Lhota attitude to Independence
medium: notes
keywords: NNC
person: LongriMayang
ethnicgroup: Lhota
location: Wokha
date: 9.8.1947-15.8.1947
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 2:8
text: Tour Aug. 9-15. Lhotas - wanted an Assam Raj. Characteristically because of the money - cf. Mills comparison - Scotsmen.
text: Lhota dobashis - Lhota respecting Pandit - all in favour of fusion with the plains.
text: NNC delegation - Longri and at a wire from Delhi on 5 August - arrived safely interview fixed for 6 or 7. Mayang wired - NNC meet Kohima 13th. Mokokchung members must attend without exception.
text: Great perplexity in Wokha - the Ao M.O. did not know how to interpret this news - was it merely to report back to the NNC? Did is mean a sympathetic hearing? Was it to ratify an agreement with Nehru? Was it to decide on direct action?
text: Out in the Lhota country Independence Day (Aug 15) was just like any other day. The Lhotas did not know it marked the end of a period. A few were anxious about the NNC delegation - no one regarded it as a day. No celebrations, no interest. The lost tumbled hills stretched calmly into the distance, little clouds wandered on the slopes, a pale blue sky had wisps of hair-like cloud - while all the headmen who came to see me were still concerned solely with their village things - passes for buying cattle in the plains, more ammunition for a village gun, permit to shoot an elephant, the new successor to an aging headman, exemptions from house tax.