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: Longri's meeting with Bardoloi in Shillong
medium: diaries
location: Longri Bardoloi Kevichusa
date: 2.10.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: 'After the Kohima meeting in August' he continued, 'I had to go to Shillong. I stayed there four days and attended the Christian Council. One day I met Mr. Bardoloi. "Why won't you let the Nagas rule themselves?" I said. "Once they accept the agreement," Mr. Bardoloi said, "I shall have no objection at all. I will give you a Naga Deputy Commissioner. You can even have Kevichusa." "Do not send us a non-Naga," I said, "If the (95) N.N.C. has to fight it will do so with non-violence. But if you send a non-Naga, the Angamis will go mad. Nothing will restrain them. The Naga Hills will not be safe for him. The Nagas will kill him."
text: 'Until last year I was Congress-minded. I used to speak at Congress meetings. All the Assam Congress leaders know me. But they want to turn the Naga Hills into a plains district. "Why do you want to rule the Nagas?" I said. "Why cannot you leave the Nagas alone?" But they would never listen. Now I am with my people and I will never go back.'