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 Kohima meeting of NNC in 'Our Home News'
medium: diaries
person: AlibaImnik/ DrShilukba
date: 4.10.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: 4 October. Mokokchung.
text: Another copy of Our Home News issued by the Naga Independence Party has just come. It comments acidly on the Kohima meetings. 'The meeting of the N.N.C.' it says, 'started fully packed up. But the members of the Council failed to make a quorum. Even after waiting for one hour, only five members were present. The necessary number of members to form a quorum is 9, or one third of the total number of 27. So a formal meeting could not be carried on. The Chairman, Mr. Aliba, who is also President, then asked the people to leave the meeting, only the members remaining. People walked out disappointed.
text: 'Again, in the evening session at 8 pm the council meeting could not form a quorum. Only a general talk took place. There were other meetings but nothing definite was expected to be settled from the beginning. In one meeting a quorum was really formed. But the meeting made no decision on the plea that some tribes were not represented. Dr Imnik, Mr Shilukba and others protested vehemently against these delaying tactics which went unheeded. We believe this is a bad precedent as this practice or plea is not in the Constitution at all. If this will become a practice, N.N.C. is likely to come to grief. No constructive decision took place, excepting fixing of the date and place of the next N.N.C. meeting, which was of course unanimously agreed as usual. It was decided that N.N.C. will meet again at Wokha on the 22nd October.....
text: 'Even though the Independence Groups no longer form a part and parcel of the N.N.C. we wanted to see a strong body in the N.N.C. Whatever they decide, whichever way they go, an early decision should have been taken. Whether the Nagas as a whole want independence or join others, the affairs of the nation must be conducted in real earnest with the determination to achieve (97) the goal. The present situation is very serious. Those members who are and have been in the N.N.C. seem to be feeling down-hearted. There can be no good reason for this lack of enthusiasm. It is true that their old friends have left the N.N.C. because they want something higher than what N.N.C. is still now fighting for. A nation must move on according to time and circumstances. Those who are still in the N.N.C. must buck up their spirit and face the situation with manly determination. We believe that the conduct of our national affairs will not be blinded by individual whims. It is a real tragedy that the members take the affairs of the nation so lightly.
text: 'When the delegation of the N.N.C. went to Delhi, they were asked to state their objective. They confessed that they had none. In the recent session it turned out just the same. Like time N.N.C. is the same today as it was yesterday. It has no policy. The former aim has already been lost sight of. It is simply going round like a clock. But we hope it will move on and upward. There must be an objective. Unless there is a goal to reach with a definite aim, a big portion of the Nagas will repent too late but "would not be comforted" because they are sold away.'.......
text: 'We are convinced that INDEPENDENCE IS THE BEST SAFEGUARD and the only salvation for the Nagas to be free from political turmoil. We have been working hard for this and we know that most of the Nagas want independence now more than ever before. But a few N.N.C. members talk as if they have the fate of the Nagas in their pocket. So we challenge the N.N.C. to take a referendum whether the Nagas want Independence or to join India. We know definitely that people in the villages are very angry and they will never agree to join India.'