By Tezenlo Thong
This publication examines the formation of identification of the Nagas in northeast India in mild of the proselytizing efforts by means of the american citizens and the colonization by way of the British of their look for keep an eye on over components inhabited by way of the Nagas which have been excellent for tea plantations. the writer explores the westernization of Naga tradition, its impact at the Naga Nationalist circulate, and the way it has resulted in the formation of recent Naga id. As a special indigenous crew, the colonization of the Naga humans bargains clean insights into our realizing of the approaches and results of colonization in India, in addition to its long term unwanted effects, relatively almost about the maintenance of conventional ideals and customs.
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Extra resources for Colonization, Proselytization, and Identity: The Nagas and Westernization in Northeast India
On December 20, 1839, Bronson undertook his second tour with the hope that he, as his diary note shows, might “be able to communicate to them some of the truths of the gospel” (Barpujari 1986). To do so, he wrote, “I shall make an attempt to collect a few lads into school, and to translate a few select portions of scripture” (Barpujari 1986). This mission tour and the school project were generously funded by the British administration. T. C. Robertson, deputy governor of Bengal, and Jenkins contributed Rs.
What follows is Bronson’s description of the Nagas from his journal record, dated June 25, 1840: Like all other wild tribes, the Nagas are naturally indolent and need some powerful stimulus to exertion. They are generally satisﬁed with gaining a bare subsistence. The ready sale of their salt always supplies their wants, with but little labor, leaving much time for idleness and useless amusements. 5 Subsistence cultivation is considered primitive and ill-suited for modernity, and it is no longer considered a form of employment, which is exacerbating the situation of unemployment.
The missionaries often used terms of binary dichotomy such as light and darkness or civilized and barbaric when describing the hill dwellers. Preconceived notions and perceptions are critical because they precede actions. They are not just ideas, thoughts, or worldviews; they inform and shape our actions. ” For instance, an American missionary to the Nagas declared, “The heathen can get on without us; we cannot without the heathen. If we fail in our duty they will be in worse condition than they have been for thousands of years” (Perrine 1899: 100).
Colonization, Proselytization, and Identity: The Nagas and Westernization in Northeast India by Tezenlo Thong