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: report of the NNC meeting in Kohima, 23rd September
medium: diaries
person: LongriAliba
date: 2.10.194723.9.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: 2 October. Mokokchung.
text: This morning Longri came to see Bill and we heard from him the latest developments in Naga politics.
text: It seems that the N.N.C. meeting at Kohima on 23 September was so thinly attended that at first nothing at all could be decided. On the first day only five members appeared, the next day there were six and when at last the Council dispersed there were still only nine. No agreement was reached on starting civil disobedience and in the end the meeting tamely accepted the Aos' suggestion and appointed a committee to examine the Governor's agreement.
text: 'It is all due to Aliba,' Longri said. 'When we reached Kohima from Delhi, everyone wanted me to be president. But how (94) could I leave my job? How could I feed my six children? So I said, "Take Aliba, instead." I thought he would sit quietly and do what we all wanted. But now he has begun to speak as if he were the Governor himself. All the Aos are saying, "What is the N.N.C. with Aliba as president? He is making us all look fools." In Kohima also the Angamis are very angry with him. They go about chanting, "Can a boy of yesterday lead a nation?" If it were not for Aliba, the Independence Group would be coming back. It was because of him that none of the Aos attended the N.N.C. I hear that they have written to The Naga Nation demanding his resignation.'