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: administrative problems in Assam
medium: diaries
person: Hydari/ Sir Akbar
date: 30.9.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: 30 September. Mokokchung.
text: Yesterday The Statesman made a pointed comment. 'Sir Akbar Hydari's recent remark,' it said, 'that "achievement in Assam had lagged far behind the Government's good intentions" and his reference to "the very weak state into which the administration has got" was of wide interest, as also his charge that "one cannot get orders carried out expeditiously or with efficiency." He is an experienced administrator who can appreciate the need for speed and competence all the way down the line; but as a constitutional Governor he perhaps could not openly say that the fault is not always with those who receive but with those who give orders; that the officials may be less blameworthy than the Minister or the Department. Assam's shortage of experienced officers is no more acute than in other provinces where the troubles of recent years have retarded the flow of recruits. But political loyalties more than efficiency, there as elsewhere, have often of late been the criterion of new appointments, and interference by party men with lower-rung officials is notorious.'
text: This is also part of the Naga case. 'When the Assamese cannot even rule themselves,' they ask, 'why should they try to rule us?'