Herbert Lewin (1839-1916) was a great soldier-administrator in the wild
hills of India's north-east frontier. Not just a man of action, Lewin was
also an anthropologist, linguist, writer, artist and musician.
the early part of his life he became effectively the ruler of the remote
Lushai Hill Tracts and his subjects, who had no previous acquaintance with
Europeans, came to affectionately know him as Thangliena. His work in understanding
the language and culture of the Lushais was of lasting significance.