The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript 'Journey to Nagaland', by Mildred Archer. An account of six months spent in the Naga Hills in 1947

caption: British Colonial administration in the Naga Hills
medium: diaries
person: Archer/ W.G.Pawsey/ Charles
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: In June 1947 - two months before the declaration of Indian Independence - I joined my husband, W.G.Archer, a member of the Indian Civil Service, at Mokokchung, the larger and more northerly of the two subdivisions which constituted the then district of the 'Naga Hills', which lay between Assam and the frontier with Burma. The Deputy Commissioner was Charles Pawsey, the ultimate authority for the district as a whole. He was based on Kohima, scene of the decisive battle against the Japanese in 1944 where the Royal West Kents withstood a siege. My husband, the 'Bill' of the journal, was Subdivisional Officer of Mokokchung with the designation and rank of Additional Deputy Commissioner. He was a newcomer to Assam, having been seconded there from the province of Bihar for a 'three year period' from December 1946.