Indian Chakmas Sets 17 August as Black Day

                                          Newly elected president addressing the august gathering at Guwahati

Guwahati, March 26: The Chakmas of India sets 17th August as their Black Day and resolved to mourn the illegal award of their homeland, Chittagong Hill Tract (CHT) to Pakistan on this day during partition in 1947, though the Indian Independence Act declares CHT to be as a part of India and thereby Indian flag was hoisted by Chakma freedom fighter Sneha Kumar Chakma. The Chakmas through its apex organisation, Chakma National Council of India in their first National Assembly held at Guwahati today, expressed grief that this day, 17th August has made the Chakmas, a stateless race and as a result human rights violations against them are rampant.

The National Assembly which drew prominent intellectuals, students’ leaders, youth leaders, scholars and social leaders from Assam, Mizoram, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, New Delhi and from across the country condemned the British Government in its strongest term for dividing the Chakma Kingdom into three circles in the year 1860 and thus reducing the Chakma King into a mere Chief which turned out to be the genesis of the suffering of the Chakmas as a race. The occupation of the Chakma Kingdom by the British began with the forceful takeover of Rangunia which formed one third of the Kingdom in the west. Later, a strip in the east was sliced off and amalgamated with the then South Lushai Hill (a part of present Mizoram) which cost the Chakma King to forgo some of his subjects. Today, Chakmas living in this severed part of their kingdom face hostilities from the state to which it is enjoined and are branded as foreigner.
The Chakma National Council of India demands apology of the British Government for making no effort to undo the injustice meted out to them and to restore their lost glory for which they were responsible.
The National Assembly which commenced on 24th and concluded last night also resolved to work on the challenges and discrimination faced by the Chakmas of Arunachal Pradesh in obtaining basic rights. The National Assembly resolved also to fight tooth and nail, the institutional discrimination faced by the Chakmas of Mizoram.

The National Assembly elected Nirupam Chakma, a former minister as the New President and Hemanta Larma as the new General Secretary, Prahlad Chakma as the Vice President- state incharge-Arunachal Pradesh, Anirudda Chakma, VP-state in charge-Tripura, and Sneha and Sushanta Chakma as VP of the Chakma National Council of India to lead the apex organisation of the Chakmas.

The new team which comprises highly talented Chakma leaders decided to improve the Socio-economic and political condition of the Chakmas of Tripura and Mizoram and to establishes unity among the Chakmas by conducting state level convention with all the Chakmas NGOs and intellectual in their respective state.
The Chakma National Council of India was formed on the 27th July 2014 in the Silchar Chakma Convention and today, the organisation resolute to observe 27th July every year as CNCI Day and 7th January as Chakma Day.

The Chakma National Council of India comprises former Minister and MLAs and leaders from prominent Chakma NGOs such as Young Chakma Association, Chakma Bigger Council, Chakma Mahila Samiti,Tripura Rejyo Parishad, and Chakma Development Society, from apex Chakma Students’ Union in Tripura, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and from 8 cities based students’ organisations.

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