A delegation of 19 Naga tribesmen, led by Dr. Imkongliba Ao, had talks lasting more?
A delegation of 19 Naga tribesmen, led by Dr. Imkongliba Ao, had talks lasting more than two hours with Indian Premier Nehru in New Delhi, July 26. They are seeking the establishment of a Nagaland State within the Indian Union.
The delegation claims to represent ninety-per-cent of the Naga tribesmen who live in the hilly jungle area of Assam near the Burmese border. Rebellious Naga tribesmen have for five years been involved in raids and spasmodic fighting with Indian troops in their campaign for autonomy.
Premier Nehru has said that he favours some form of autonomy in the Naga region, and, according to authoritative sources in New Delhi July 26, the foreign affairs sub-committee of the Indian Cabinet have decided to recommend the formation of a Naga State within the framework of the Indian Union.
Except for some Christian missionary activity, the Naga area was left untouched during the British rule in India, but after 1948 independence, the Indian Government extended its control into the area and has in the last six years spent nearly ???3 millions a year on agricultural development and electrification.
During a press conference held in London, July 26, Mr. A.Z. Phizo, President of the Naga National Council, charged the Indian Army and Government with more than seventy alleged atrocities against the Naga people. Rape, crucifixion, scalping and murder were said by Mr. Phizo to be some of the atrocities committed in "a campaign of terrorism to force us to submission." He said he had "come to Britain to tell the people of Britain, and through them the whole world, of the terrible tragedy that has overtaken my country".