The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript - J.H. Hutton tour diaries in the Naga Hills

caption: earthquake; railway service at Naginimara; strike of Pathan workers, and transport problem at colliery; muharrirs' pay
medium: tours
person: Mohuram
location: Naginimara R.S. (Naginimara) Borjan Kongan (Kongon) Nazira Sibsagar Road Wakching
date: 26.9.1920
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 31.8.1920-7.10.1920
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 26th
text: Left Manipur Road at midnight for Sibsagar Road where I waited for the Naginimara train. While waiting there was a severe earthquake shock. From Naginimara I went up to Borjan and thence to Kongon, inspecting the Naginimara Thana on the way. This Thana has been built out of kacha material as a temporary measure, but the place is growing rapidly and it is quite clear that a permanent Thana will have to be made there. As soon as the Railway can get normal possession of the land, which will be as soon as they can point out their boundary marks to the Sub-divisional Officer, Mokokchung, which at present they cannot, they are going to run a regular passenger train to Naginimara. This will probably lead to an increased number of settlers.
text: The Manager of the Colliery had a strike among the Pathans the other day but it was his own fault. He started reducing rates at a time when the cost of living is steadily increasing. He had to give way, and made a great mistake in trying to reduce his rates, as now having scored the men are likely to strike again. The Manager thinks that someone from outside is trying to foment trouble but has no idea who.
text: There is still no road from the Colliery where the bridle path ends to Nazira. What ought to be done is to link up the Colliery with the Behubar-Nazira road by a cart track to the bank of the Dikhu opposite Behubar Garden and a mar boat. This would be much cheaper than carrying a road from Naginimara to Santok.
text: The Wakching Muharrir, Mohuram, complains that he cannot live on his pay. He has been getting Rs. 18/- for the last 4 years or so. I fancy his case must be considered together with all the Muharrirs on bridle paths in the Naga Hills, and cannot be separated from them. I do not know whether any increases have been given in Mokokchung but if there has been no general increase in pay probably one will have to be made.