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: views of Sir Akbar Hydari about Naga independence
medium: notes
person: Hydari/ Sir AkbarElwin/ VerrierMillsLambertChurchill
date: 6.6.1947
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 17:30
text: 6/6/47 Sir Akbar Hydari
text: 'We can't have any of this Verrier Elwin nonsense - anthropologist's museum. They have got to come in.
text: 'If they revolt we shall shoot them up. It will be a pity but it will not be our fault' -
text: 'We couldn't give the Nagas residual powers. A big industrialist would buy them off as he liked' -
text: 'They can have a council at the district board level. A Naga Government is out of the question'.
text: 'We can't have lots of little Governments'.
text: 'I would like an Assam like the United Kingdom where English, Welsh and Scotch are all one. This is the best I can do for them'.
text: 'If they don't accept it, they must take the consequences'.
text: 'I believe in briefing my officers. Montgomery you know always told his second lieutenant what was in his mind. I rely on you to make the Nagas understand'.
text: - I came away with sick despair - this was the directive - no one had been consulted - our views mattered nothing - the Nagas also did not matter - Mills had also not been asked - Hydari had never even seen the Hills - a little minor autonomy that did not matter - and the rest to the Plains.
text: Lambert - interview with Nagas. Hydari - 'slow and cautious fusion' - 'no Naga dislike of Assamese'.
text: The Naga appeal - Churchill's secretary replied that Churchill had carefully noted their views.