Saturday, February 14, 2009

Know the Chakmas: Document-II

"The story of the Chakma and Hajong refugees (of Arunachal Pradesh) is replete with endless conflicts and harsh struggles for existence" - writes RATNA BHARALI TALUKDAR in "State of denial" Frontline, Volume 25 - Issue 17 :: Aug. 16-29, 2008 http://www.hinduonnet.com/fline/fl2517/stories/20080829251704900.htm

The writer points out - "The opposition of the State government to accommodate them as “citizens” has allegedly led to the gross denial of basic rights, including health care, education facilities, job opportunities and livelihood support.The Diyun Secondary School, the only secondary school in the revenue circle meant for these refugees, lacks proper infrastructure and is overcrowded. There are only 18 teachers for 1,350 pupils. For instance, Class VII accommodates 214 children in a single room."


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