Colonial System of Indirect Rule

When the British took upon them the administration of the Chin-Lushai country, Chieftainship was retained and Chiefs were allowed to rule the village in accordance with the existing customary laws. The British Political Officers would interfere only when a chief refused to obey the general norms set by him. The Chiefs were required to recognise and give loyalty to the British Crown, and their interests were normally protected by the colonial ruler. (Proclamation No 978-P, 1898, by the Chief Commissioner of Assam.)

 

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