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 D. H.M. Hinde's report
caption: Nagas ask for peace; depot established at Borbanchang
medium: tours
location: Jaipur Borbanchang Senua
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1875-1876
text: 4. Next day we marched into Borbanchang, passing through Niassia and Niaonu, sister villages, the latter of which was destroyed in last year's expedition. Here I met friends whose acquaintance I had made in Jaipur, and though we could not understand each other, they seemed relieved at seeing someone they knew. The men of these villages came down with presents to Jaipur, when the order was sent up last December to the Senua men to erect buildings for the depot. They asked for peace, and, in accordance with the instructions laid down in the Chief Commissioner's letter No. 3,510, dated 8th October, 1875, I informed them that no further hostilties would be undertaken against them as long as they gave no further cause of offence. It was curious in these two villages to note the method adopted by the villagers of expressing their friendly feelings: the men turned out unarmed, carrying large chungas of water, and lined the sides of the road we passed along.
text: 5. The depot I found had been established at Borbanchang instead of Senua, the site originally chosen by the late Captain Butler, and where I had had a very comfortable and well-situated stockade and godown made by the Senua men. This change of position was, in my humble opinion, a mistake: first, because it was calculated to give the Nagas the erroneous idea that we were afraid to occupy the more advanced position that had been prepared for us; secondly, on account of the inconvenience our party underwent, owing to the increased distance from the work we had to do.
text: (I certainly agree with Mr. Hinde. _ R.G.W.)