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 delegation to see Nehru in Delhi
caption: Independence day at Mokokchung
medium: diaries
location: Mokokchung
date: 19.8.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: After our talk with Nchemo we were discussing how Mokokchung must have celebrated August 15th, when a bag arrived bringing letters and papers. It seems that the Assam Government's orders for hoisting the new flag only arrived in Mokokchung on the 14th and no new flags came with them. The Naga head-clerk who remains in charge when Bill is out, could therefore take no action so the flag staff remained empty and aloof. The order to close the office, however, was faithfully observed, the clerks did nothing and the youth of Mokokchung enjoyed a football match, sports and tea-party. Just as the sports and the party were ending, a telegram arrived from the N.N.C. prohibiting the observances. But by then the tea had been drunk and all the sweets were gone.
text: The only other incident concerned the post-office. Unlike the Naga Government servants, the Assamese sub-postmaster had procured a flag for himself and early in the morning he hoisted it on a pole. This seems to have excited some Naga school boys (48) who according to the postmaster began to 'behave unmannerly'. The next morning the flag was found lying on the ground torn and damaged. Trembling with courage, he hoisted it again and wired to his Superintendent 'Self respect Mother India affected. Lives in danger. Please take action.' Meanwhile the Naga head-clerk intervened. A Gurkha sentry was posted and secure behind a bayonet the postmaster braved the mob.