Arunachal Chakmas to mourn 17th August as their Black Day every year

 

AP state unit of Chakma National Council of India gets people mandate to work towards unity and progress of the Community and Arunachal at large

Diyun, July 1: The Chakmas of Arunachal Pradesh gave a thumps up to the Arunachal Unit of the National level organisation of the Chakmas of India, the Chakma National Council of India (CNCI) in the state unit’s first general public meetings held at Diyun. While giving the people mandate to the CNCI- Arunachal Unit to work for the unity and development of the Chakma Community and Arunachal Pradesh at large, the Chakmas of Arunachal Pradesh unanimously voted the organisation as their apex organisation to works towards unity and progress.

 

The meeting which drew almost all the heads of the Chakma villages and the head of the Bigger Council of all the villages of the Chakmas in Diyun circle have also resolved to mourn 17th August as their Black Day every year. Prahlad Chakma, National Vice President of CNCI and Arunachal State In charge while explaining the history behind this day explained that this day of 17th August is responsible for the misery of the Chakmas of India, especially that of the Chakmas of Arunachal Pradesh. On this day in 1947, though the Indian Independence Act declares Chittagong Hill Tract (CHT) to be as a part of India and thereby Indian flag was hoisted by Chakma Freedom fighter Sneha Kumar Chakma, their homeland CHT was awarded to Pakistan on this day during partition in 1947 which eventually turned out to be the genesis of the suffering of the Chakmas as a race in India. CHT was a part of India and because of the illegal award, the Chakmas had to undergo the misery and human rights violations against them by the then Pakistan Government (currently Bangladesh). After staying in Pakistan only till 1964, the Chakmas of Arunachal Pradesh had to leave East Pakistan and came back to India. And today, they are being branded as Bangladeshi though they had fought and celebrated the Indian independence.

CNCI with its headquarter in Delhi is the only organisation of the Chakmas of India formed with an intention to bring all the Chakmas present in 4 states of the India Northeast, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Tripura and Assam in a common platform nationally. It was formed on the 27th July2014 in the Silchar Chakma Convention and now led by its president, Nirupam Chakma, ex cabinet minister of Mizoram govt and the incumbent VP of state BJP unit.

CNCI have four state units with the unit of Arunachal Pradesh forming at the CNCI National Conference held at Guwahati on 26-27 March last. Somiral Chakma and Amar Bikash Chakma are the president and the GS respectively of the Arunachal State Committee.

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