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Socio-Economic Status of Naga Women of North East India | Original Article

Amorjit Saikia*, in Journal of Advances and Scholarly Researches in Allied Education | Multidisciplinary Academic Research


The Nagas are the most singular race of Nagaland. The origin of the word ‘Naga’ is interpreted different ways. One belief that it is derived from the Assamese word ‘naga’ Sanskrit word ‘nagna’ meaning ‘naked’, for the reason that the Nagas were comparatively ill-clad. It could also be from the vernacular ‘nag’ which means a mountain. The Nagas are scattered over the hill districts of Manipur but chiefly to the west, North and North-east. Nagas are one of the indigenous tribes of the North East India. Nagas who inhabits the extreme eastern part of India form a living and vibrating culture with great values of life. It is very difficult to give a general account of the many tribes covered by the word “Naga” for there are both differences and similarities among them just as there are many aspects of their life and culture which can be paralleled by tribes in other parts of India. The Nagas according to R. R. Shimray “are stalwart athletic and of medium size with broad shoulder and high cheek bones. Their colour is like that of the Burmese, the Indonesians, the Malaysians, the Thais, the Japanese and the Chinese. The Naga people are a conglomeration of several tribes inhabiting the North Eastern part of India and north-western Burma. The tribes have similar cultures and traditions, and form the majority ethnic group in Indian state of Nagaland, with significant presence in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and some small population in Assam. The objectives of the study are ► To study the role of naga women in society ► To study the political activities of Naga women ► To highlight the economic activities of the naga women The study is based on both primary and secondary sources.