Propaganda against CHT

–John Tripura

Propaganda in CHT is not a newly game. It started from the colonial period and it is still continuing. But after the partition in 1947, the situations of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) has become more worst as the CHT Jumma people have joined with India during the partition in 1947, so the Pakistani Government looked at the indigenous Jumma people with an eye of suspicion for being anti-Pakistani.  And after the partition in 1955, the then East Pakistan Cabinet decided to bring the three districts under the administrative system of the rest of the country. After that, the disaster has started in CHT by the construction of the hydraulic Kaptai Dam from 1957-1963; we might say that was the death trap of CHT Jumma peoples. And due to the dam establishment, which had far-reaching socio-economic and political consequences for the CHT, submerged 54 thousand acres of first class arable land were gone through under the water and evicted 100,000 Jumma people from their homestead. Continue reading “Propaganda against CHT”

Survival threat in CHT

–John Tripura

The CHT is an only extensive hilly area in Bangladesh, comprises a total area of 5,093 sqm. miles with around 1.6 million populations (as per census 2011) and is covered with hills, forests, rivers, lake, natural waterfalls and other natural resources including enriched jungles. This panoramic scenario, landscape, and diversity all the more attract the tourists to visit the CHT region. By taking the advantage of panoramic beauty of region, in recent years, the Government of Bangladesh has undertaken an initiative to set up tourist spots elsewhere mainly through Bangladesh military forces and private sector ignoring the special administrative system of CHT and traditional tribal-inhabited feature of the region and without considering impact on environment and biodiversity and lifestyles of the indigenous peoples of the area. Continue reading “Survival threat in CHT”