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: extract from the 'Assam Tribune' on Naga case
medium: diaries
date: 6.8.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: Even the Assam Tribune with all its plains' outlook is obviously unimpressed by the Assam Government's attitude. 'The Naga Hills, being excluded areas, the popular ministries hardly have had any control over them, but our leaders have to blame themselves for the absence of even cultural contact with these areas. Works of academic and social kind have always been left to foreign missionaries and no kind of constructive works whatsoever was ever undertaken in these hills by any of our popular organisations. It is therefore only natural for the Nagas to regard with suspicion any advice given by our leaders who are scarcely known to these people. There is no doubt that these hill areas are at present unproductive and the economic condition of the Nagas can be improved through help from an organization like the All-India Union. But the difficulty of bringing all these home to the Nagas remains and time is too short for any kind of propoganda. The position is thus very delicate and its handling will require the utmost statesmanship on the part of the framers of the Indian constitution.' (32)
text: Meanwhile Delhi is still silent. August 15th is almost on us. No one quite knows what the Nagas will do.