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: Mr Adams' farewell message in the 'Naga Nation'
medium: diaries
person: Adams
date: 27.9.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: 27 September. Mokokchung.
text: Today the September issue of the Naga Nation has arrived. It contains a farewell message from young Mr. Adams, the officer (91) who acted as Deputy Commissioner when Pawsey was on leave. 'India' he says ' will never agree to "independence" and what can the Nagas gain by a conflict with a country representing 300,000,000 people? The Nagas have nothing to gain, and may lose everything. You know the story of the dog who had a large bone in his mouth and who looked into a pool of water. In the water he saw the shadow of the bone which looked bigger than the one he had in his mouth. So he dropped the bone he had, to try to get the bone he thought he saw in the water. The bone dropped into the water and was carried away and the dog was left without any bone. Why lose the bone of "autonomy" to try to get the bone of "independence" which it is not possible to get?'
text: This story does not, however, seem to have had quite the effect which was intended - 'Bones,' said a Naga, to us, 'Bones.' Does he think that we are dogs?'