The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf Naga diary on his return to Nagaland, 1970

caption: back to Shillong
medium: diaries
location: Shillong
date: 23.8.1970
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 12.8.1970-9.9.1970
person: private collection
text: Shillong, 23rd August
text: In the morning I saw Mr. Doalagupu, and gave him Rs 20/- and a note of apology to the Guilong gaonbura. - At 10 am I left on a jeep accompanied by a Mr. Chetri, - of Nepali descent, - who is E.A.C. at Haflong and had some family business in Shillong.
text: On the way I was struck once more by the extraordinary emptiness of the country. Apparently the District Council has a veto on the settlement of outsiders, and hence the area cannot be populated by people from the plains of Assam. The road is used only by 1-3 cars a day.
text: We reached Shillong at 7 pm. I was glad to see the Nehrus in good shape. They had crashed near Jowai with a helicopter and their escape was miraculous. They had come from Kohima, and their engine failed just over the paddy lands of Jowai. A similar crash on forest or hard rocks would have been fatal.