The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - 'Report of the Survey Operations in the Naga Hills 1875-1876' by Lt. R.G. Woodthorpe

caption: Appendix C. H.M. Hinde's report
caption: Deka Haimong and Bura Haimong ask for protection against villages from the interior and offer to pay house tax
medium: tours
location: Molungyimchen (Deka Haimong) Yimchenkimung (Bura Haimong) Lungkam (Nankam) Ungma Sangratsu (Solachu)
date: 17.2.1876
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1875-1876
text: 10. On the 17th, I halted at Deka Haimong, Mr. Ogle not having succeeded in completing his observations the day before. After dark, I was informed that four of the villagers wished to see me. On being admitted into camp, they said that they had come secretly after nightfall, for fear of the villages complained against, to ask, on behalf of the whole village and of Bura Haimong, that they might become the Maharani's subjects, as they could in no other way shield themselves from the plundering propensities of Nankam, Ungma, and Solachu, the powerful villages of the interior, who pass through Bura and Deka Haimong on their way to the plains. They offered, in return for protection, a revenue in the form of a house-tax, at the rate of Rs. 7 a house per annum, _ an amount which shows how they value the peace and quiet of their neighbours in the plains. I replied that I had no authority either to entertain or answer their application, but promised to report it to the Government.