Take the example of Rani Gaidinliu of Nagaland. She had led a heroic guerilla war against the British and when defeated by the mightier army, was awarded life imprisonment in a ‘fair trial’ at the age of 16. Pt. Nehru met her in Kohima jail and wrote poetically about her heroism calling her “fit to be a Rani”, hence the title of Rani with her name. After
To convert a Vanvasi, his beliefs, customs and deities are condemned, pronounced ‘incapable to provide salvation’, his entire worldview is sought to be replaced with Romanised conceptions and way of worship. It was the fear of this aggression that made Congress leader and the present CM of Arunachal Pradesh to create a Dony Polo mission and start highly motivated Vanvasi public educational institutions so that his people are saved from conversion threats.
The image of Naga society in length and breadth of the country was (i) that cent-per-cent Nagas have converted to Christianity (ii) that all Nagas were anti-Hindu and anti-India and (iii) that all Nagas were wild, savage and raw-meat enters. In
“Invasion by foreign religion and foreign culture will pose danger to Naga identity. Beware of this danger”.
—Rani Gaidinliu had said.