Book Review: ‘His Majesty’s Headhunters’ by Mmhonlumo Kikon

Unveiling the Untold Heroes: Nagas in the Crucible of War

Book Title: His Majesty’s Headhunters: The Siege Of Kohima That Shaped World History
Author: Mmhonlumo Kikon
Publisher: Vintage Books
Number of Pages: 256
ISBN: 978-0670096831
Date Published: Nov. 27, 2023
Price: INR 405

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His Majesty’s Headhunters: The Siege of Kohima That Shaped World History” is a riveting story of the often-overlooked but critical Battle of Kohima during World War II, shedding light on the enormous influence it had on the course of history. The book, written by Mmhonlumo Kikon, a seasoned politician and Naga poet, tells the forgotten account of the siege, known as the ‘Stalingrad of the East’. Through painstaking research and a riveting narrative, Kikon offers a new viewpoint, emphasizing the Nagas’ vital role in influencing the conclusion of the fight.

Kikon masterfully narrates the events leading up to the Battle of Kohima, creating a vivid picture of the complex interactions between British soldiers, Japanese invaders, and indigenous Nagas. Drawing on a variety of historical data and eyewitness recollections, the author paints a complex picture of the Naga community’s sacrifices and accomplishments throughout the conflict. From acting as porters and workers to assisting the British in strategic defensive measures, the Nagas emerged as unsung heroes whose bravery and endurance changed the course of the fight.

One of the book’s most interesting features is its examination of the Naga perspective on the conflict, which has sometimes been disregarded in classic historical narratives. Kikon contradicts traditional narratives by emphasizing the Nagas’ critical role in assisting Allied soldiers and halting the Japanese advance. By giving voice to indigenous people’s unseen experiences, “His Majesty’s Headhunters” provides a more thorough picture of the region’s complexity of battle and colonization.

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Kikon’s book “His Majesty’s Headhunters: The Siege of Kohima That Shaped World History” provides a comprehensive analysis of the Battle of Kohima, highlighting the political, cultural, and socioeconomic influences that shaped the region’s turbulent past. It offers a new perspective on the battle and its impact on WWII. throughout the battle. Kikon’s brilliant portrayal of this key historical event assures that the Nagas’ valor and sacrifices are no longer neglected or forgotten.

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