The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : Return to the Naked Nagas (1939;1976)

caption: Chapter Twenty-seven. Return to Nagaland
caption: desire to return to Nagaland; Naga independence movement
medium: books
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1970
text: (227) My short stay among the Wanchus had wetted my appetite to visit once again the Konyak villages where many years ago I had spent such a happy time. I longed to see how my old friends and the new generation of Nagas were adjusting themselves to the changes brought about by the extensive development programme which the Government of India initiated throughout Nagaland. But the obstacles in the way of being permitted to enter Nagaland were formidable. Ever since, in 1956, a section of Nagas had launched a movement of insurgency with the avowed aim of establishing a sovereign Naga state independent of the Republic of India, there had been violence, escalating at times to guerilla warfare affecting many parts of Nagaland.