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: pressure on Nagas to accept Governor's agreement
medium: diaries
person: PawseyArcher/ W.G.Aliba
location: Kohima
date: 1.9.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: 1 September. Kohima.
text: This morning Bill has been meeting the Kohima Nagas and explaining the results of his visit to Shillong. Like Pawsey he considers that, bitter though the surrender may seem, the only course open to the Nagas is to accept the Governor's 'agreement'. It will give them experience of government and will ensure their having a Naga Sub-Divisional Officer. There is no immediate prospect of successful resistance. If they resist, the Assam Regiment will merely move in. On the other hand, partial self- government will make the Nagas much stronger and when 'the new agreement is arrived at after ten years' there is a likelihood of their getting full independence within the Indian Union. (65)
text: As Bill spoke he could see that everyone was bitterly disappointed. 'You also have failed us', said Aliba. 'I felt like a Quisling', said Bill, 'But there is nothing else one can advise the Nagas to do.'
text: Pawsey will now be sending the Nagas an official copy of the Governor's reply and sometime later the N.N.C. will meet once more.