Nagaland PDF Epub Nagaland By Jonathan Glancey Nagaland Has Been Fighting A Secret, Often Brutal, War For Independence For Than Half A Century Portrayed As Either A Land Of Ruthless Guerillas Or Exotic Natives, Nagaland Is In Fact A Complex And Divided Region, With An Incredible History The Breathtaking Naga Hills Take Us To The Offices Of Adolf Hitler And Emperor Hirohito, Via Well Meaning Colonialists And Anthropologists, And One Of The Most Important Battles Of The Second World War Through Extensive Travels Beyond The Tourist Zone, The Voices Of Nagas He Meets, And His Family S Links With The Region, Jonathan Glancey Tell The True Story Of This Forgotten Land. Nagaland mysterious and unknown, a mountainous land, isolated from tourism, yet a land of bloodshed and political intrigue A land joined to the post colonial makeup of India unwillingly, as the Naga people have no ties to India not ethnically, through culture, religion, or common language The Naga people have stronger ties with the Burmese across the border, and with the Mongolian Tibetans further north, however they have historic ties with the Iban of Borneo, the Bontoc and Igorot of the Philippines, the Bataks and the seafaring Bugis Indonesia they shared headhunting, the hornbill festival, basket weavings and embroidery, house construction, the use of cowrie and conch shells as currency.This book just sounds so interesting How can it only be 3 stars It turned out a dry read Large tracts of this book detail the history the area played in World War 2, where the Japanese attempted to infiltrate India, through the gateway of Nagaland, and were repelled The subtitle to the book is A journey to India s Forgotten Frontier and yes, the author has made four I think journeys into Nagaland, but the book doesn t really follow these travels The book is not a so much a physical travel book as a philosophical travel book It is packed with history with quotations and statistics, with explanations of who wen
While at times tangential, Glancey s purview of Nagaland provides a readable introduction to Naga relations with India However, I learned very little if anything at all about the Naga people themselves The Naga story is almost entirely subsumed by Galcey s take on Indian sub continent politics This is no surprise, given his main intetest in Nagaland stems from his background as the grandson of a member of the Raj, who happened to be stationed near
I am an Indian I live in mainland India almost And yet, it took a Britisher to make me appreciate fully Nagaland, its people and its soul Ever since I started reading this book, news about Nagaland suddenly make sense to me They have taken a center stage position, and going back, I realize how many impressions about them where shaped and moulded by mainstream Hindi Hindu Hindustan India No wonder most other regions too have had their grouse every now and then I also realized why even Pakistanis and Israelis and the like believe their military can never do wrong, it is always the other I think, well, since I cannot be so barbaric, obviously my military can never be so too, as they are people like me But tools of death and destruction give one certain devilish powers, even if one s soul rebels This has happened even with those who dropped those bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.Again, the cause of the Nagas has not been helped by NSCN K or NSCN UI toointernecine warfare, ego and oneupmanship are the surest way to destroy the entire community United we survive, divided we all fall cannot be better validated than by the Naga internal strife.India, much as it has been chided by the author who, overall, seems to be pr
The opening chapters of Nagaland are written as travelogue, but about halfway through it begins to read like a history of the region and its people, albeit one with a journalist s rather than a historian s perspective The result is a book which is somewhat unclear in its objectives, although one which remains due to Glancey s skills at observation an immensely readable introduction to a subject that has hardly made into print outside of specialist texts.In spite of the serious subject matter, Glancey s book never drags Glancey organises his material into well named chapters that flow easily into one another without halts or hiccups Another strength is his objectivity and non patronising, almost neutral voice difficult indeed in the context of Nagaland , one which is howeve
A really interesting book which unfortunately had the potential to be much interesting than it actually was A nonfiction book about Nagaland a tiny state in the very northeast of India , which has been fighting an off and on war for independence from India since before India itself was an independent country On the one hand, Nagaland is a topic I know basically nothing about, so I was very glad to read this book On the other hand, I felt I could have learned so much , since a significant portion of text was about the author s personal fascination since childhood with the Naga Hills Like, it s fine that your grandfather worked there in t
I quite wanted to like this, but, at the end, I found myself feeling I understood Nagaland little better than I did before It wasn t a travelogue, it wasn t a historya bit all over the place The prose itself is well written, and I don t regret having read the book That said, I m st
A very sad and beautiful book Jonathan Glancey is a Brit with colonial and childhood links to Nagaland, weeping for the beauty and the tragedy of the Naga hills Motivated by family connections and the childhood fantasy of finding Naked Nagas in some exotic Shangri La, Glancy is actually writing on serious issues He has demonstrated his commitment to his dreams and to Nagaland by travelling extensively in the Naga Hills, and by writing this book, a sort of omnibus of Nagaland He ranges from the unique, ancient, tribal, hill village, head hunting culture, the conflict with the British, scene of pivotal but fast forgotten global events, the ambition of Naga independence and India s brutal military response His reflection on the amazingly tragic recent history of internal strife leads to hopes and fears for the future Partly because of its recent history, very little is known of Nagaland, even in India Glancey concludes the best way for me to help Nagaland i
The book is a very detailed introduction to Nagaland, ideal for people with little or no background knowledge of the troubled region.There are two problems with India, its aggressive insistence on patriotism from each minority which intertwines dangerously with the lack of desire to deal with communal ism India refuses to deal with any community differences, preferring to hide behind nationalistic wall And this nationalism is pretty much tinged in a Hindu culture Just to quote from the book, If India were to open the borders of Nagaland to foreigners, it would very probably be for the better rather for the worse There will never be a flood of tourists to this difficult if bewitching terrain, and yet an exchange of ideas, dreams, values, medical aid and joint venture projects between Nagas and people from different corners of the world could well enable it to feel less persecuted, less suspicious of outside influences, and even allow it to
Though it reveals much about the grave injustice the Indian Government is responsible for in Nagaland, this book is nothing than an ode to the colonial british empire Glancey just goes on and on about how the british Imperialists are actually beautiful fairies who have only done good to the people of Nagaland and India and generally around the world.In my opinion, this book was about historical influence of the european colonists and how wonderful they really are rather than Nagaland itself.Fact is that Imperial britan was despised by just about every soul they had done their best to subdue The Imperialist british were masters in the use of petty politics and Christianity to gain supporters in a region they could not take control of by force.BTW the Nagas need to push