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: Naga independence, the Khonoma group and 'Our Home News'
medium: diaries
date: 30.8.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: 30 August. Kohima.
text: There is still no sign of action by the Khonoma group but today a new cyclostyled paper has appeared. It is called Our Home News and is 'published by the Information Department of the Peoples' Independence League.' It begins with a number of quotations.
text: 'Let our object be our country, our whole country, and nothing but our country.'
text: 'Live or die, sink or swim, survive or perish I give my hand and my heart for the independence of my country and my people. It is my unalterable determination.'
text: 'It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment, - Independence now and Independence forever.' John Adams.
text: 'That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.' Lincoln.
text: 'God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.' Webster.
text: 'Liberty is one of the most valuable blessings that Heaven has bestowed upon mankind.' Don Quixote.
text: 'Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!' Patrick Henry.
text: Mischief Propoganda. Webster said, 'I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American.'
text: Patrick said, 'I am not a Virginian, but an American.' NAGAS! why not take note here. There are some Nagas who (61) have been talking and fighting against the independence of our Naga people which is within reach today. Such people are trying to disrupt the unity of the Nagas by calling upon the local vanity arousing the emotion of the people, creating distrust and suspicion between villages in order to serve their own selfish purpose for the sake of their job and money.
text: It must be clearly understood that independence is the birthright of every nation. It is the hope of the world, and it has come to us today. Some people said that independence is the voice of Khonoma. What a silly talk! How foolish it is! Why is Indonesia fighting today? Is it not for independence? Why Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Nehru and all the Indian leaders went to jail? Is it because of their foolishness? Is it not for the independence of India?
text: So, why not say with Patrick and Webster, I am not a Khonoma, but a Naga. I am born a Naga; I will live a Naga; I shall die a Naga. Well, what Naga means? Naga stands for honesty; Naga stands for bravery; Naga stands for independence. And let Naga stand for service to mankind, to be a bright star in this world.
text: 'The greatest of all human benefits, that, at least, without which no other benefit can be truly enjoyed, is independence.' Parke Godwin.