Apsari Chakma: Life in the School Room

The author. Source: Thotkata.net

The author. Source: Thotkata.net

When I was very little my mother used to tell me all kinds of bedtime fairytale stories. I used to think that the fairy princesses from these stories were supremely happy and content. You could say, my life now is the exact opposite of their lives.

Life in the School Room

by Apsari Chakma, translated by Tibra Ali for AlalODulal.org Continue reading

Who is Somo Odhikar?

CHTC member Ilira Dewan bleeding after Shomo Odhikar thugs shot at the CHTC car. Barrister Sara Hossain is to her left. Source: Sara Hossain

CHTC member Ilira Dewan bleeding after Shomo Odhikar thugs threw rocks at the CHTC car. Barrister Sara Hossain is to her left.

Yesterday’s attack on the motorcade of Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission injured Commission member Dr Iftekharuzzaman, also executive director of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), Rangamati sadar police station Officer-in-Charge Monu Sohel Imtiaz, Research Officer of the CHT Commission Ilira Dewan and car driver Nur Hossain. Also in the car were activists Advocate Sultana Kamal and Barrister Sara Hossain, and CHT Commission coordinator Hana Shams Ahmed. The incident has brought the ultra-nationalist, anti-adivasi racist activists of Shomo Odhikar Andolon into national headlines. Continue reading

আদিবাসী শিশু পড়বে নিজ ভাষাতেই

একুশের সংবাদ: আদিবাসী শিশু পড়বে নিজ ভাষাতেই
by Biplob Rahaman for AlalODulal.org


কিছুদিন আগে বিশিষ্ট আদিবাসী গবেষক, চাকমা রাজা দেবাশীষ রায়ের সঙ্গে আলাপ-চারিতা হচ্ছিল আদিবাসী শিশুর মাতৃভাষায় লেখাপড়ার বিষয়ে। Continue reading

সুপ্রিয় তালুকদার: মায়ানমারে চম্পকনগরের পথে

মায়ানমারে চম্পকনগরের পথে
সুপ্রিয় তালুকদার for alaodulal.org

On the way to Champaknagar (Sabenago/Champanago) in Myanmar

On the way to Champaknagar (Sabenago/Champanago) in Myanmar

[ বংশানুক্রমে জানা যায় যে চাকমারা চম্পকনগর নামক স্থান থেকে পার্বত্য চট্টগ্রাম ও তৎসংলগ্ন অঞ্চলে এসেছে। কোন চম্পকনগর থেকে এসেছে তা নিয়ে মতভেদ থাকলেও নৃবিজ্ঞান, বিখ্যাত গবেষকদের মন্তব্য, প্রাপ্ত নির্ভরযোগ্য তথ্য এবং মায়ানমারের ইতিহাস বিশ্লেষণে আমি নিশ্চিত ছিলাম যে চাকমারা মায়ানমারের চম্পকনগর থেকে এসেছে। Continue reading

Minority Report: Do you remember “Lajja”?

“But in the last Awami period, from Ramu to Sathia, during the various attacks on Buddhish and Hindu community, alongside BNP-Jamaat, we have also seen local Awami League members. This has put into crisis the entire basis for this party to claim itself as “secular.” Last Friday, during the attacks in Barisal, the leadership was given by Chatra League workers (Kaler Kontho). So when it comes to oppression of minorities, Awami League-BNP-Jamaat leaders at local have forgotten all “oppositions” and become united.”
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The Quest for Indigenous Identity in Bangladesh, 1993-2013

“Historically, the so called ‘tribal’, non-Bengali ethnic groups – i.e. those who wish to be known as indigenous peoples (IPs) – of Bangladesh have been at the forefront of various struggles against feudal and colonial forms of subjugation, oppression and exploitation.  However, the emergence of the post-colonial nation-states – first Pakistan, and then Bangladesh – did not necessarily lead to the emancipation of the IPs.” Continue reading