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: Aliba Imti's statement regarding clause 9 of the 'agreement'
medium: diaries
person: Aliba Imti
date: 18.9.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: 18 September. Aichisagami.
text: Yesterday an interpreter brought letters and newspapers from Mokokchung and after the stagnant peace of the last two weeks, we are again moving into politics. The N.N.C. is meeting in Kohima on 23 September and Aliba Imti has issued a statement to all the tribal councils.
text: 'Sir,
text: I have thought over the present political situation prevailing in our land and finally beg to approach you with my personal view. (in short)
text: That the Naga people attach so much importance upon the point no 9 modified and as such as we had anticipated from the very beginning that hardly will there be any government who will recognise it easily without strong opposition and firm stand from the Nagas themselves. I personally have lost confidence that words alone will bring no effect upon the politicians of India.
text: I presume the Nagas mean what they are uttering for it should be our motto now - "Deeds but not words."
text: 1. Decision should be made in favour of non-cooperation with the existing government. 2. One month's ultimatum be given to the Government of India. 3. From the beginning of Nov. '47, the government servants of Naga people should be ready to lay down their pens. Naga Hills must show worthy of the CALL. (83)
text: Painfully do I make this decision finding no alternative either I believe, you remember of what I have declared publicly in the Mokokchung N.N.C. meeting, "I see dark clouds hanging in the sky of Naga Hills due to the modification of No 9." I mean, government of India will not accept as easily as some of you expected. The time has come. The Nagas want it, who am I not to obey to the decision of the National Council? Who am I who will not cooperate with the Nagas in their demands? The Nagas want it - we must be prepared for any eventualities. We must adhere to it. We must fight it out.
text: Yours servant,
text: Aliba Imti,
text: President, N.N.C.'
text: Perhaps the Angamis will favour civil disobedience, but if the Aos stay true to type, I am sure no one in Mokokchung will.