The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript notes taken by Ursula Graham Bower

caption: comments of a working committee of the Kuki National Assembly on the pamphlet 'Cycle Migration of the Zemi Nagas'
medium: notes
person: Zavum/ S.M.
ethnicgroup: Kuki
date: 2.1947
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1939-1946
refnum: Betts papers, folder 7
person: Centre for South Asian Studies, Cambridge
text: Comment on the pamphlet called 'Cycle-migration of the Zemi Nagas' by one Miss U.V. Graham Bower now Mrs F.N. Betts.
text: The working committee of the Kuki National Assembly at its special meeting on the 1st February 1947 considered the implications of this pamphlet and resolved that its reaction to this pamphlet be let known to the State Officers, the S.D.O. North Cachar Hills, the Advisor to the Governor in hill matters thru P.A. and the authoress of the pamphlet.
text: The Committee appreciates the labour of the authoress in analysing the peculiar migratory habit of the Zemi Nagas but regrets that she does not mention what she wants to do with the Kukis settling on the sites in question.
text: She admits that it was the British control which checked the onward movement of the Kukis. She says or rather blames the British for consolidating the Kukis on the Naga sites. But if the British government is to be blamed it is to be blamed only by the Kukis. It is the Br. Government that checked the power of the Kukis. In pre- Br. days the Nagas were more or less under the protection of the Kukis. In Manipur all the lands seem to belong to the Nagas, now.
text: Whatever be the case now the K.N.A. working committee feels that the administrative officers should not be led astray by the sinister moves of the writer. The Kukis and the Nagas after all will have to live together in spite of any difference real or imaginary. All the land question will have to be settled between ourselves by themselves. The outsiders should not put up one against the other.
text: The working committee reiterates that its policy is to live amicably with all the other hill tribes and plainsmen as well in consistent with one anothers local independence.
text: Sd. S.M. Zavum, Chairman, the Kuki National Assembly.