Saturday, February 14, 2009

Know the Chakmas: Document-I

"The Chakma are too few to be so fragmented and scattered, but there is little incentive for anyone to try and redress their condition" - writes Sanjay Hazarika, Expert on North East Region of India, in "Refugees Within, Refugees Without"
http://www.south-asia.com/himal/April/chakma.htm .


"On 15 August 1947, the Indian tricolour went up a flagpost in Rangamati, the main town in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The Chakma leaders had believed during the tortuous negotiations leading up to Partition that, given the religious composition of the largely Buddhist CHT, their district would be parcelled out to India. Not so, decided Sir Cyril Radcliffe, head of the commission with the task of apportioning the territories, and the Hill Tracts were awarded to (East) Pakistan. On 18 August, Pakistani troops marched into Rangamati, pulled down the Indian flag, and sent up in its place the star and crescent of Pakistan."

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