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: tour in Chang country
caption: NNC meeting at Wokha
medium: diaries
person: Mayang
date: 22.10.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: 22 October. Yongyimti.
text: While we quietly sit in the sunshine above a flat plain of mother-of-pearl clouds, the N.N.C. must be having a stormy (114) meeting in Wokha. It is a critical day for if the Council rejects the committee's report or insists on the new clause 9, a state of barren deadlock will be reached. It is impossible to say where that deadlock would lead. Probably a small and bitter student movement would grow up similar to that which is still embarrassing India. The other day Mayang was talking about his school boys. 'They keep coming to me,' he said, '"Tell us what to do," they say, "Give us the word and all of us will fight for independence." But I say to them, "Not now. This is not the time to fight. You would only get beaten." But they do not like what I tell them and after a few years if we do not get our way they may start to kill the plains' people.'