Naga Traditional Village Polity: A Reading from J.P. Mills’ ‘The Lhota Naga’

This paper discussed the nature of the Naga traditional village during the pre-colonial period with special reference to J.P. Mills’ ‘The Lhota Naga’ (1922). The distinctive independent nature of every Naga village, with its own polity and administrative setups and different institutions within each village, like the Morung, Peer Groups, and Village Chieftainship, marked the Naga society during the pre-colonial times. The paper deals with the distinctive nature and polity of Naga villages and the relationship between different Naga villages, and how they acquired legal sanction and recognition from the government during the post-colonial period.