Burma image, WA0635. Group of Kuki Chins.
James Henry Green. c1926.
'I have unfortunately very little knowledge of the Kukis and fear I can add little to our knowledge of the tribe. I once recruited a few members of the tribe as an experiment to serve with other Chins in the Burma Rifles and have observed them as soldiers. They are turning out to be good soldiers and their opposition to our columns in the 1919 Kuki rebellion entitles them to high respect' [dissertation, 1934:278].
*****The Kuki or 'Thado' peoples were believed to be another branch of the Chin group of peoples who resided beyond the borders of colonial Burma in Manipur. In 1917 a rebellion started in this area and in the northern Chin Hills of Burma prompted by demands of the administration for young men to be sent to assist the war effort. The resistance movement last from December 1917 to May 1919 and was only put down when the British troops had burned 86 of the 198 Kuki/Thado villages in the region. ['Zo History', Vumson, Mizoram, undated, pp.133-137]