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 on the Delhi delegation
medium: diaries
person: LongriNehru
date: 2.10.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: Longri then spoke about the Delhi delegation. 'What a waste it was,' he said. 'No one would see us. No one would listen. Everyone tried to put us off. I said to Nehru's secretary, 'How can we respect your leaders when they will not even see us? I tried to see the Viceroy. Three times I went. I saw his private secretary. I said, "We have come so far let him give us only one minute." But the secretary said, "The British are going. What can the Viceroy do? How can he help you? It will only murder your case if you see him. He has received all your letters and sent them to Pandit Nehru. Do not make it awkward for him." But I did not listen. I went three times but still the Viceroy did not see us.
text: 'When we left Delhi the time was so short that we decided to travel by air. But I did not like it much. The plane was very hot. There were only two small holes. After an hour we got very drowsy and all of us went to sleep.