• Short Summary

    THE "QUEEN AND GODDESS" OF A NAGA TRIBE HAS ASKED THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA, MRS INDIRA GANDHI, TO GIVE HER PEOPLE A LAND OF THEIR OWN.

  • Description

    THE "QUEEN AND GODDESS" OF A NAGA TRIBE HAS ASKED THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA, MRS INDIRA GANDHI, TO GIVE HER PEOPLE A LAND OF THEIR OWN. THE REQUEST WAS MADE DURING A MEETING IN NEW DELHI ON THURSDAY.

    THE 51-YEAR-OLD RANI IS REVERED BY HER PEOPLE BOTH AS A QUEEN AND A GODDESS AND HAS EMERGED FROM HER PALACE - HIDDEN DEEP IN THE JUNGLE - TO PRESS A DEMAND THAT HER SELANG BRANCH OF THE NAGA WARRIOR TRIBES SHOULD BE GIVEN A DISTRICT OF THEIR OWN IN NORTH-EAST INDIA.

    RANI BECAME A LEGENDERY FIGURE WHEN SHE WAS DECLARED A GODDESS BY HER PEOPLE AT THE AGE OF 15 - AND TWO YEARS LATER, IN 1931, SHE TRIED TO LEAD A REVOLT AGAINST THE BRITISH RULE IN INDIA. SHE WAS CAPTURED AND SENTENCED TO 14 YEARS IMPRISONMENT.

    MR. NEHRU, MRS GANDHI'S FATHER AND LATE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA, TOOK A SPECIAL INTEREST IN HER CASE AND, AFTER HER RELEASE, THE GOVERNMENT OF INDEPENDENT INDIA GAVE HER A PENSION AS A "FREEDOM FIGHTER".

    ONLY THREE YEARS AGO THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT ORDERED AN INQUIRY INTO ALLEGATIONS OF WITCHCRAFT AGAINST RANI AFTER A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FROM ASSAM HAD CLAIMED THAT HER FOLLOWERS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR 33 HUMAN SACRIFICES. THE RESULT OF THE INQUIRY HAS NOT BEEN MADE PUBLIC.

    (THE GAIDILIU CULT STARTED IN 1929 WHEN A MAN NAMED JADONANG LAUNCHED A NEW RELIGION WITH HER AS GODDESS. SOON AFTERWARDS FOUR TRADERS DISAPPEARED. AFTER A RAID ON HIS TEMPLE, JADONANG WAS TRIED AND HANGED FOR MAKING A HUMAN SACRIFICE OF THE TRADERS TO A SNAKE GODDESS. HIS TEMPLE WAS WRECKED AND HIS SACRED PYTHON SHOT. BUT, THE GAIDILIU CULT PERSISTED - AND RANI LED A MOVEMENT TO FREE NAGA TRIBES PEOPLE FROM BRITISH DOMINATION.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB4UNSZJ70YYYWAYWY5AUN2L55
    Media URN:
    VLVAB4UNSZJ70YYYWAYWY5AUN2L55
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/02/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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