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: slight effects of Indian Independence in the Naga Hills
medium: diaries
date: 5.10.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: 5 October. Mokokchung.
text: As we sit in Mokokchung, it is as if Indian independence were still 'impossible, ahead.' The more intelligent Nagas (98) are full of anxious fears. 'We think of it day and night,' said one of them. Anything, they feel, may happen any day. But outwardly nothing has altered. There are still no signs of plainsmen. The Government, they know, is Assamese in theory, for the Naga Hills are now administered by the Ministry. But in Mokokchung itself rule is still British, law and order are the same. Villagers still ask whether anything has happened. Apart from mutterings across the frontier, peace is everywhere.