Indigenous practices are at risk in Bangladesh

–John Tripura

There are about 54 Indigenous communities in Bangladesh covering about two percent of the total population have been living in different pockets of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region and in the plain lands of the country with approximately 3 million living side by side with the Bengali majority people. Today, the indigenous peoples know that they must carefully control the influences that could destroy their cultural identity, their future, and the vital resources upon which all life depends on. Indigenous knowledge and practices are one of the phenomena and essential to the human development since the century. Continue reading “Indigenous practices are at risk in Bangladesh”

Chittagong Hill Tracts is one of the most heavily militarized zones in the world

Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) is one of the most heavily militarized zones in the world. According to the CHT Commission Report 1991, there is one Bangladeshi soldier behind every 6 indigenous persons in the region. The figure may have increased by now. Continue reading “Chittagong Hill Tracts is one of the most heavily militarized zones in the world”

Why the Indigenous Jumma peoples took arms in CHT?

–John Tripura

During the 1971 liberation period around 300,000 Bangladeshi women were raped, tortured, murdered and sexually harassed by the Pakistani occupation army with the support of Bihari and Razakar militias. And after nine months of the war of independence with Pakistan, Bangladesh emerged as an independent state on 16 December 1971. Soon after the Pakistani army withdrew from Bangladesh, the Mukti Bahini (liberation forces of Bangladesh) went on the rampage against the indigenous people in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). Continue reading “Why the Indigenous Jumma peoples took arms in CHT?”

Struggles continued in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT)

–John Tripura

The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) is an area within the Chittagong Division in southeastern part of Bangladesh, bordering India and Myanmar (Burma), comprises a total area of 5,093 sq. miles with around 1.6 million populations (as per census 2011) and they formed a single district until 1984. From the time immemorial, CHT had been the peaceful abode to the indigenous peoples, namely, Chakma, Marma, Tripura, Mro, Bawm, Pangkhu, Khyang, Khumi, Chak, Lushai, Tanchangya. They collectively identify themselves as the Jumma people (High Landers). Besides, a very small number of descendents of Assames, Gorkha and Santals also live in there. They are distinct and different from the majority Bengali people of Bangladesh in respects of race, language, culture, heritage and religion. Continue reading “Struggles continued in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT)”