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: NNC meeting in Kohima, February 1947, agree to demand a ten year interim government
medium: diaries
person: KevichusaMayang Nokcha
date: 18.7.19472.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: It was now that Angami dissatisfaction with the Wokha decision came to a head and when the N.N.C. met at Kohima in February 1947 to decide it policy vis-a-vis the committee, differences of opinion became even more acute. With a view to appeasing the Aos, the Angamis suggested that in place of a finally independent Naga government, they should have a ten years' interim government under the protection of H.M.G. or the Indian Union. Even this demand however did not please the Mokokchung members and a furious debate ensued - the Aos demanding autonomy within Assam and standing by the Wokha decision while the Angamis insisted on the new demand. The next morning there was still a deadlock and it was only after the Deputy Commissioner had impressed on Mayang and Kevichusa the need for unity that the Aos yielded and the Angami view prevailed. A memorandum was then drawn up on these lines and sent to both British and Indian Governments.