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: sub-committee in Delhi reject demand for an interim government; resignation of Mayang Nokcha
medium: diaries
person: Mayang Nokcha
date: 18.7.19472.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: A few days later Mayang left for the sub-committee's meeting in Delhi. He himself was not personally in favour of the new demand, but as a Naga representative he was bound by the Council's decision. But in Delhi all the Naga proposals met with hostile derision. 'Your memorandum is merely history', he was told. 'Who ever heard of a Naga Interim Government?' (15) 'I tried to reason with them', he said, 'but they were all sour. They do not argue straight. They twist your words. There is no love in them. Not one of them desired the Nagas' good. They think only of Assam.' Finding the committee so frigidly hostile, Mayang decided to have no more to do with it, so he tendered his resignation and returned. As a result of his visit to Delhi his views had entirely changed. 'Independence is the only way,' he said.