Background, emergence and victory of Naga Club

Ever since ancient time, Naga country was a sovereign State, which enjoys full freedom in every sense, governed by the Republican system, with various regions administered by Village Headman, Village elders, etc in accordance to their respective traditional practices.

However, beginning from 1832, an intermittent war started with British Forces that lased till 1879, after which the British established its administration in some of Naga area in 1880. And at the end of First World War, a Naga labor corp. went to France 1917, which earned for themselves good reputations for their service. On returning home some of them felt the need to have an organized Nara Association and decided to form themselves into Naga Club in October 1981 at Kohima, consisting members of retired Soldiers, Government Officials, Dobashis and Village Headman. The primary objectives of the club were to formulate and thereafter consolidate a distinct Naga Nationality, to develop fraternity feelings of the various tribal and to look after the welfare and unity amongst the various Naga Tribes.

Thus, its formation firmly paved the way to the establishment of the much needed political foundation to the various Naga Tribes. It is therefore, a concrete symbol and fore runner of political organization. With the passage of time, some tribal organizations such as Lothas and Aos were formed in 1923, and 1928, at Wokha and Mokokchung respectively. They also had carried the same aims and objectives as of the Naga Club but at their own tribal level in their own respective areas.

The Indian statutory commission led by Sir John Simon as Chairman with Mr. Clement Atlee and E. Condagan as member visited Kohima in March 26, 1918.On the same day a Local Football Ground Kohima, the Commission asked the tribal leaders whether they would like to join the Reformed Scheme of India. In reply to their request through a letter Dated March 26, 1928, they refused to join the Reformed Scheme. The beginning of the said Naga Club was marked by submission of Memorandum on 10:01:1929, by the Naga on behalf of the various Naga Tribes (both administered and non administered) as well as on behalf of their own respective tribes by twenty Stalwarts to the Indian Statutory Commission which began by saying, “We the undersigned Nagas of the Naga Club at Kohima who are the only person at present who can voice for our people have heard with great regret that our hills were included within the Reformed Scheme of the India without our knowledge” This historic declaration ended with the statement that, “we should not be trusted to the mercy of the people who could never subjugate us; but to leave us alone to determine ourselves in ancient times”. In response to the Memorandum of 10:01: 1929, The British House of Common in London declared Naga as “EXCLUDED AREA” in the New Reformed Scheme of India during May 1935, (Special Committee) in the British India Act 1935, the Crown through British India Government directed the then Governor of Assam Province, Sir Robert Reid to act more are less care- taker of the Excluded Area and to look after their affaires with effect from April 1, 1937. That was determined with a precision in history by the time of transfer of power at midnight on August 14and 15, 1947, vide,” Transfer of Power” 1942-47 Volume- XII Forward PP. IX.

The Naga Club episode:
In 1982, January 7, in the Naga Public meeting convened by Naga Elders Conference (NEC) where every tribe represented elected a team of Naga Club Offive Bearers in the ‘Panchayat Hall’ at Kohima Village. The Naga Club Building, Kohima which was being used by the Forest Department of the State Government of Nagaland as its Office under rent was returned to the Naga Club Authority on April 16, 1983. The Forest Department had paid rent accured so far to the Naga Club on 28:03:1988 God has ordained a great Victory for the Naga, a Nation amidst adverse situation through the Naga Club as the hallmark of a pioneering Institution, which has been functioning ever since. To conclude with the word of John F. Kennedy, “Ask not what your country can do for you but ask what you can do for your country.”

Vilavore Liegise, President of Naga Club.