By Tezenlo Thong
This ebook examines the formation of identification of the Nagas in northeast India in mild of the proselytizing efforts through the american citizens and the colonization by way of the British of their look for keep an eye on over components inhabited by means of the Nagas that have been excellent for tea plantations. the writer explores the westernization of Naga tradition, its impression at the Naga Nationalist flow, and the way it has resulted in the formation of recent Naga identification. As a special indigenous workforce, the colonization of the Naga humans deals clean insights into our realizing of the procedures and results of colonization in India, in addition to its long term unwanted effects, really just about the renovation of conventional ideals and customs.
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Critics have ascribed the festival with, among other undesirable outcomes, price inﬂation, trafﬁc congestion, drunkenness, sexual promiscuity, unplanned pregnancies, drunken brawls, and vehicular accidents and fatalities (Hibo 2012). ” (Jamir 2014). The article includes opinions from visitors of the festival, both Nagas and non-Nagas alike. There is a strong opinion that the festival can be a great platform for showcasing the rich Naga culture and passing it to posterity. Thus, “to preserve and promote” as the goal of the festival seems to be the consensus among the general populace.
Opponents have long argued that the prohibition has only caused the price of liquor to rise, causing hardships to those who drink. Many 3 PROSELYTIZATION AND RAISING “THE SAVAGE TO A HIGHER LEVEL” 49 drinkers do so at the expense of their families. For example, a bottle of rum, which normally costs Rs. 150 in the neighboring state of Assam, costs almost twice that amount in Nagaland. Opponents of the prohibition also argue that the state government is losing potential revenue. Additionally, the rise of illegal drug abuse is also being ascribed to the prohibition.
Not only was the traditional Naga economy thought to be primitive and so labor-intensive that no “civilized” person “could stand the life for a year” (Smith 1925: 197), but the colonial description of the Naga economic mode of production was linked to the description of the character and nature of the Nagas. By virtue of their practicing shifting cultivation, they were viewed as “indolent,” needing civilization and industrious habits. 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.