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: meeting of Naga National Council in Mokokchung, July 1947
medium: diaries
person: Aliba ImtiGandhiJinnahMayang NokchaHopongkiImlong
location: Mokokchung
date: 21.7.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: 21 July. Mokokchung.
text: Today there is great excitement as the Naga National (18) Council is beginning to assemble. Kohima is sending Angami, Rengma, and Kacha Naga delegates, while Semas, Lhotas and Aos are coming in from villages all over Mokokchung. Imlong and Hopongki, the Chang and Sangtam members, are putting their shops in order and already the air is full of trade and politics.
text: Aliba Imti, the Secretary, has just been in. He strolled up in a flashy navy-blue suit, a black felt hat and great riding boots. Although he is a mere boy (he only left college at Shillong last year), he arrived with a retinue of attendants, one carrying his umbrella and another his papers. He says that the Angami split is more serious than was thought. The Khonoma group have denounced the N.N.C. and formed a separate independence party. A delegation has gone to Delhi and he hears that they have met Gandhi and Jinnah. Their action is a challenge to the N.N.C. and the delegates must now decide what counter steps to take.
text: Mayang Nokcha has also called. He does not take Aliba's pessimistic view. In fact he thinks that a little 'extremism' will do no harm. He believes that the Congress leaders will be more ready to listen if they have had a preliminary shock. He is going to advise the N.N.C. to send a counter-delegation.