Top Developments and Challenges for Chakmas in 2017

 

Like the previous year gone by leaving remarkable significance, impression and impacts, the time has come to bid 2017 as a year that has been promising and challenging at times, opened up opportunities and put us in grief. Here let’s all together recount some of the important moments of glories and pride, miseries and challenges.

Glimpse of events, incidents or developments in the year 2017.

January

 Picnic cum-meeting organized in which an initiative to mitigate the problems of floods by the Noa Dihing River was proposed and Dangu Subir Chakma (Shillong) came forward to sponsor the overall expenses to be incurred by hiring of a JCB or Bulldozer. As per sources, a Committee was formed specifically for the purpose to control and take care of the floods by the Noa Dihing in a meeting at Diyun Circuit House.

 On 5 th January, 2017, APCSU conducted mass rally against the drug abuse and illicit trafficking in which students from all quarters participated in the rally and marched from Diyun general ground to Dumpathar Village holding several placards with drug awareness slogans.

February
 CEM CADC Attended All ADC Meeting in Shillong and represented all the three ADCs of Mizoram. Major highlight of the meet was fun allocation. In the meeting decreasing fun allocation was discussed which was decreased to Rs.500/- Crore as per NITI Ayog. In the meeting it was also decided to send delegation of all the ADCs in the March to submit representation for the allocation to Rs.2000/- Crore.

March
 Inquiry was demanded at the unnatural death of Assam Rifles Jawan, Kamal Mitra Chakma from Mizoram posted at Jalaki in Nagaland by all sections of human right and students’ organisations. He was spotted by some people and handed to the Assam Rifles authorities who took him to Jorhat military hospital in Assam. Though the authority claimed that he fell down from building but no head injuries were found.

                                                Dipankar Chakma's file photo
 Mr. Dipankar Chakma joined New York Police Department (NYPD) and became first US Police Officer from Chakma community.

April


 Chakmas in Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Noida, France, Canada, America, Australia, Burma and Bangladesh celebrated ‘Bizu’, one of the important crop harvesting festivals while welcoming the New Year.

                                                                 Romel Chakma

 Romel Chakma, a 19-year old Jumma student was brutally tortured and killed by Bangladesh army in Naniarchar under Rangamati district. He was from Hatimara village under Burighat union of Naniarchar upazila in Rangamati district.
 Hundred of Chakma houses damaged by a massive cyclone in Papumpare district of Arunachal Pradesh.

May
 Chakmas from around the world celebrated Buddha Puja. One of the major religious festivals celebrated with great pomp and show where men and women come to temples for making offering.

June

 Rinky Chakma won the sub-title of Sahara Miss congeniality during the sub-contest of Fbb colors Femina Miss India 2017. Her Win fetched moments of glories and happiness in the community with her effort at the grandest stage of Fbb Miss India.

                                                                                  Tarit Kanti Chakma, IAS

 Tarit Kanti Chakma of Tripura cleared UPSC exam and became the first IAS from Chakma community. He set a new example and posted confidence in people that through hard work and dedication, one can achieve anything one wishes.


 Bengali settlers along with army & police attacked indigenous Jumma people and burnt more than 300 their houses in Langadu, Rangamati hill district, CHT, Bangladesh.

July
 Supreme Court directed that if all the pending cases are not finalized within five months from today, the Chief Secretary of the Arunachal Pradesh will be summoned in the court on every date of listing of matter.
 Enjebee Chakma of Assam represented India in the 16th Asian Cadet, Junior and U-21 Karate Championship which was held at Kazakhstan from 9 th July to 17 th July.

August
 Massive protest was organized by All India Chakma Students’ Union against the racial discrimination by Mizoram Government to Chakma students who cleared the National Eligibility test for Medical but were denied seats in the medical college.

September


 A 5-year- old minor (Elina Chakma) was murdered and found nearby IRBN hq. in Diyun. It sent the shock waves in entire district of Changlang. A massive candlelight march was organized in Diyun where hundreds of people from around town participated for her justice and condemning the heinous crime.
 Seven Chakma boys from Arunachal selected in Indian Army breaks 4 decades long impasse.
 AAPSU protested statewide against granting citizenship to the Chakmas and Haiongs after Centre declared granting of Citizenship to Chakma and Hajong.

October


 Arunachal Legislative Assembly passed a resolution against granting citizenship to Chakmas and Hajong.

November
 Govt. of Tripura has published Textbook in Chakma language in an event to teach in School after long struggle by Chakma people.
 APPSC illegally removed the candidatures of four eligible Chakma candidates from its prelims exam.
 Chakma crowned Prince, Aryadev Roy Chakma ties knot to Natasha Chakma

December


 Enjebee Chakma once again made proud of her entire Chakma community by winning two silver medals in both kata and kumite in the 5th North-East Karate Championship which was held on 16th to 18th December, 2017 at Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh.
 Supreme Court directed that the member secretary, Arunachal Pradesh state legal services Authority will examine the controversy within the parties arising out of order implement the citizenship verdict given on 17th September, 2015.

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