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Chittagong tip of the iceberg

January 31, 2014
Syed Bashir
Chittagong tip of the iceberg

The 2004 Chittagong arms haul was huge by any standard – but surely not something that happened suddenly.
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Posted in CHT, Crime | 1 Comment »

Matiranga and Bengali racism

August 7, 2013
Md. A Hossain
Matiranga and Bengali racism

Have we made the adivasis “disappeared” from our midst? A week after the Matiranga incident there is little stir and no major protests noted.
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Posted in CHT | 9 Comments »

Between Delhi and Rangamati: Contrasting display of protests

January 4, 2013
Rahman Nasir Uddin
Between Delhi and Rangamati: Contrasting display of protests

Recently, two gang rapes took place – one in Delhi and the other in Rangamati. In the first case, a 23-year-old Delhi medical student was raped on a running bus on December 16 by six men and then was thrown off on the street.
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Posted in CHT, Law and Justice, Women's Rights | 16 Comments »

On tolerance and diversity

November 16, 2012
Prashanta Tripura
On tolerance and diversity

The International Day for Tolerance, observed on November 16, is meant to promote tolerance, i.e. “respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures
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Posted in 1971, CHT, Communal Discord | 5 Comments »

The minorities of our nightmares

October 2, 2012
Prashanta Tripura
The minorities of our nightmares

Are you afraid to go to bed these days, out of fear that the forces of evil will leap out of your nightmares to rampage through your neighbourhood while you are asleep?
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Posted in CHT, Communal Discord, Religious Extremism | 21 Comments »

In search of adibashi (indigenous) consciousness

August 11, 2012
Prashanta Tripura
In search of adibashi (indigenous) consciousness

I have come across a number of Bengalis who raise the question, “How justified is it to divide the people of the same country as indigenous and non-indigenous? If only you (i.e. Chakma, Tripura, Garo, Santal etc) are indigenous, then what are we?”
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Posted in CHT, Human Rights, Uncategorized | 13 Comments »

Welcoming Ban Ki-moon to Bangladesh: Loony musings

November 14, 2011
Wasfia Nazreen
Welcoming Ban Ki-moon to Bangladesh: Loony musings

When the UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon arrived in Dhaka on an official visit, his second to Bangladesh, he must have missed Bangladesh Tourism Board’s gallant advertisement “Smiling Indigenous Women of Bangladesh” in its shiny bright billboard at the international airport’s general lobby. The news stories on his arrival Sunday evening obviously did not highlight...
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Posted in CHT, Politics | 6 Comments »

Adivasi land rights

August 4, 2011
Sanjeeb Drong
Adivasi land rights

Like many countries in the developing world, Bangladesh too faces mounting pressure on its natural resources, including its lands and forests against the backdrop of a booming population. This pressure affects all Bangladeshis, but its implications are especially acute for the Adivasi communities around the country.
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Posted in CHT | 3 Comments »

“I ain’t indigenous” – reflection of a Bengali

July 28, 2011
Wasfia Nazreen
“I ain’t indigenous” – reflection of a Bengali

Once upon a time, the British called us ‘blacks’, and then later the Pakistani Army called us ‘inferior race.’ Time passes, it is 2011. As International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples approaches again this year, Bangladesh is stuck in a quicksand ditch trying to figure out ‘who’ the Adibashis or indigenous of our...
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Posted in CHT | 37 Comments »

What’s holding Bangladesh back from implementing the CHT accord?

June 25, 2011
Asif Farooq
What’s holding Bangladesh back from implementing the CHT accord?

The status quo of the CHT crisis has become a ‘sticky’ matter for Bangladesh. The government, both under the ruling and the opposition parties, have taken a very similar approach of not recognising the indigenous people in the constitution.
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Of hippos and endangered indigenous denizens

June 21, 2011
Wasfia Nazreen
Of hippos and endangered indigenous denizens

On 19 June 2011 a national English daily reported that our honourable State Minister for Environment and Forests, Dr Hasan Mahmud, is planning to introduce hippopotami, imported from Africa, into the Kaptai Lake area of Rangamati, in the semi-autonomous region of Chittagong Hill Tracts.
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Posted in CHT, Environment/Climate | 13 Comments »

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