Jonathan Mirsky

Naga Saga

Nagaland: A Journey to India’s Forgotten Frontier

By

Faber and Faber 268pp £17.99 order from our bookshop

A tiny state in the northeast corner of India, Nagaland is inhabited by nearly two million people. Another two million Nagas live outside its borders. Although the sixteen Naga tribes have been fighting among themselves for decades ­– approximately 200,000 have died in these conflicts, including those killed by the Indian army – many Nagas dream of an independent ‘Nagalim’. Jonathan Glancey, the Guardian’s architecture and design correspondent, has trekked through Nagaland’s often punishing interior, which is inhabited by little-known peoples and ‘stunning’ but vanishing wildlife. Although headhunting in Nagaland ‘was still rife in the 1960s’, and in the 1980s Glancey saw ‘fresh’ heads on display, tourist information says of the Nagas that they ‘by nature, are lovers of fun and frolic, and here life is one long festival’.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • sorry I can’t spell fluttering. I was agitated.,
    • Probably try and get an announcement out later, for all these male writers who think of fluttering inner muscle sheaths...,
    • He felt the muscles far inside her flutteriung around him,
    • Next week sees return, and we've got discounted tickets on offer, right here: ,
    • We're rarely topical - tricky as a monthly magazine - but we've an article this month all about Laurence Binyon, po… ,
    • "We will remember them" - who wrote those words, and why have them become our terms of memorial? ,
    • RT : Wow. We're over the moon with this stunning piece on My Cat Yugoslavia, 'a truly extraordinary novel.'… ,