The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Need for a railway over-bridge; unpaid tea garden labour; problems of waste disposal
medium: tours
person: LalitRaju MastriPawsey/ Mr
ethnicgroup: Semas
location: Dimapur Nichuguard R.S. (Nichuguard) Shedhumi Barpathar Doigurung T.G.
date: 1.3.1928
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 11.1.1928-3.3.1928
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 1 March
text: Heard cases at Dimapur and thence by lorry to Nichuguard. At Dimapur the inhabitants said that the Hon. the Judicial Member had promised them that if D.C. brought the case up again, he would see that they got the over-bridge at the Railway Station which has so long been wanted. D.C. will certainly send up the case again and wishes he felt as sanguine as the Dimapurias appear as to the result. The Railway is difficult to move.
text: Semas of Shedhumi have worked at a garden near Barpathar and not been paid up. The contractor is one Lalit son of Raju Mastri - a charlatan who was once ejected from the Naga Hills, but the Manager ought not to be employing Nagas through a contractor and though he did say that the contractor should pay Rs. 160/- of the Rs. 180/- they claim, he took no measures to see that they got paid. The Semas did not know the name of the garden, but probably it was Doigurung which Mr. Pawsey has already blacklisted. In this case, however, the contract seems to have been made in the Naga Hills, so that it is possible that we may have jurisdiction.
text: The Railway Companies' sweepers are allowed to throw out their sweepings and night soil just at the back of the railway land that adjoins the Inspection Bungalow compound. When the wind blows from that quarter the smell is abominable. The Khansama protested and the sweepers were merely rude about it. Anyhow it is most unhealthy as well as unpleasant for travellers.