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: numbers of officers and government employees
medium: books
person: Chingwang/ of ShiongHenphong/ of Shiong
ethnicgroup: Konyaks
location: Shiong
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1970
text: The population of Shiong was then 637, and of the children and young people 46 went to the local village school while 29 attended schools in Wakching, Mon, Mokokchung, and Naginimara. Altogether 35 men of Shiong were in government service. Apart from Henphong's brother Chingwang, who was Minister of State for Veterinary, Animal Husbandry and Jails in the Government of Nagaland, 34 men of Shiong were in government service. Ten of these were teachers, one a clerk, one a naik in the armed police, and twenty-two were Class 4 employees, i.e. police constables and office peons. Thus the flow of cash into the household budgets of Shiong must have been considerable, and this explained the villagers' ability to buy a good many of the manufactured articles imported into Nagaland.