The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

Typescript, J.P. Mills, Tour Diary, March 1927, with comments by Ursula Betts, 1986

caption: Dishonest mauzadars; revenue in relation to village size; bungalow in poor state of repair
medium: tours
person: Loilut
ethnicgroup: Kuki <Thado
location: Mahur Hange
date: 17.3.1927
person: Betts/ UrsulaMills/ J.P.
date: 3.1927
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: 17th.
text: To Mahur - 9 miles. An easy climb up to the top of the main range by a well-used path, and a long drop down through Hange to the railway.
text: Loilut, the Tole mauzadar, has not taken the trouble to come near us while we have been in his mauza. This proved fortunate this morning as it left people free to lodge complaints against him for misappropriation of money due for roads. The Subdivisional Officer will please make careful enquiries and let me have a full report.
text: The mauzadars here are certainly far from satisfactory. At Hange we dropped onto a case in which the Asalu mauzadar must have reversed the Subdivisional Officer's orders. I want a full report on this too please.
text: (20) Hange is a Naga village which has shrunk from 200 houses in the old days to 8 now. In order to avoid the penalty of paying double tax for being less than 10 houses they have got some Thado Kukis to come and live by them. This arrangement may not work smoothly. Meanwhile I have told Hange that they need not pay double tax as they are in no way to blame for the great reduction in size of their village. I refused however to recognize the Kukis as forming one village with Hange and said that they must pay double tax till they number 10 houses. They have split off from a larger village, and it is just such splitting that the system of double tax was intended to check.
text: The state of Mahur Inspection Bungalow shows the same lack of supervision that one notices in other Civil Works matters in this Subdivision. It is quite needlessly uncomfortable. The one bed was so filthy that I had the webbing cut off and burnt in the compound. The latrine is dirty and in disrepair, though annual repairs are supposed to have been done. The one office chair had a slippery wooden seat instead of a cane one and lacks an important screw which it would not take ten minutes to put in. The windows have no catches and will not stay open. Will the Subdivisional (21) Officer please let me know what explanation the Overseer and Mohorrir have to offer.