In 1941, the percentage of Christians was 17.9 per cent; by 1961, it had increased to 51.9 per cent (p. The question one may ask is: Why did the natives feel the need to convert to Christianity?
However, with the arrival of the colonial state, they lost their land and forests as well as their political freedom.
Though the colonial state initially undertook ‘military pacification campaigns’ (p.
19) to bring the Nagas under its direct control, it later followed the ‘civilizing mission’ project.
74)—an organisation of mission school-educated men who took a leading role in articulating the socio-political grievances of the native people.
Following the prominence of the Naga Club, conversion to Christianity increased.