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Nagaland: A Journey to India's Forgotten Frontier

3.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  49 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Nagaland has been fighting a secret, often brutal, war for independence for more 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 anth ...more
Kindle Edition, 293 pages
Published (first published April 1st 2011)
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Daren
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 ...more
Patty
Jan 25, 2014 Patty rated it it was ok
A really interesting book which unfortunately had the potential to be much more 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 more, since a signif ...more
Rajat
Jul 27, 2014 Rajat added it
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, G
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Aditya
Oct 30, 2014 Aditya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Though it reveals much about the grave injustice the Indian Government is responsible for in Nagaland, this book is nothing more 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 more about historical influence of the european colonists (and how wonderful they really are) rather than Nagala
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Marcus
Jul 25, 2012 Marcus rated it really liked it
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 more 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, tr
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Tariq Mahmood
Jan 21, 2013 Tariq Mahmood rated it liked it
Shelves: india
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,
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Jim Rimmer
An affectionate and erudite portrait of a little known yet deeply troubled land. Glancey's reflections on the impact of first British then Indian colonialism challenged this readers historical perspectives and - not afraid to admit it - preconceptions.

Though this book yet again demonstrates the futility of borders and the misguided understandings of both their origins and utility my lasting concern was the general lack of Naga voice. This isn't to say it wasn't a cracking and revelatory read.

John
Jan 14, 2015 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Have abandoned at page 27 because of the author's embarrassingly reverential and irrelevant asides about the Raj. Tiresome obsevations about his father: "a fine horseman"; "dashing young man"; "my father, an impeccably dressed and beautifully spoken young man" but on practically every page. I thought it might be early pages but other reviews have confirmed my hunch that it just doesn't stop. A poor choice of book concept for an intersting part of the world.
Anandraj R
A Brit's perspective on Nagaland. Loads of errors & misinterpretations, nevertheless a good starter to know about the landscape, demography and the politics of Nagaland.
Seawood
Bookriot Read Harder Challenge 2015: Task 7, a book that takes place in Asia

Why I chose this book: From the TBR pile, good to have non-fic, sounds interesting.
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