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: letters between Pawsey and Archer about independence and the Konyaks
medium: lettersnotes
person: PawseyArcher/ W.G.ChingaiMayang
ethnicgroup: KonyakPhomKalyo Kengyu
location: Kohima Mokokchung
date: 12.5.1947
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 17:15
text: (copy of letter from WGA)
text: Mokokchung 12th May
text: My dear Pawsey,
text: ...I have wired to Chingai to go to Kohima - but tribal area Konyaks are out of the question. So indeed are the Phoms and Kalyo Kengyus, and I do feel it will be best if the question is either not taken up at all or if it is raised they much better it should be discussed by only you. So far as I know the tribal areas (except the Konyaks) want to be integral part of the Naga State and at the same time get biggish grants from the Centre. The Konyaks aren't at all keen on grants, they want to go on head-taking but have no objection to joining a single Naga unit - provided the first two points are observed. Obviously the Centre will have to decide what is best for the tribal areas and then give it to them - whether they like it or not. But I still think it would be best if the principle of a single big Naga state is conceded - even though part of it are given rather more supervision and help than others.
text: I was shocked and disappointed when Mayang told me the result of the Kohima talks. All that wrangling and then that resolution! Not a thought for details and even though a treaty is contemplated, no idea at all of the points which it should cover. Mayang was utterly vague and uncertain on every point that mattered. Whatever will they do when the Committee starts its questions? All the Mokokchung representatives are going in like puzzled sheep and I've not the faintest idea what they will say.
text: The committee couldn't well be on a better wicket.