Bengali Nationalism & the Chittagong Hill Tracts
Researcher Kabita Chakma in conversation with Advisory Editor Mahmud Rahman
Cultures of Chittagong Hill Tracts and other indigenous peoples are still marginalized in Bangladesh, in mainstream cultural practices. They're not visible. And appropriated too. For example, with a Chakma dance by Bengali dancers.
RECOMMENDED: "Muscular nationalism, masculinist militarism: the creation of situational motivators and opportunities for violence against the Indigenous peoples of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh" (International Feminist Journal of Politics, 2022) by Glen Hill & Kabita Chakma
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Chittagong Hill Tracts
Indigenous Art Practice
Politics of Indigeneity
Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord
Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti
United People's Party of the Chittagong Hill Tracts
International Mother Tongue Day
KABITA CHAKMA is an independent researcher, writer and architect. Writing in the Chakma, Bangla and English languages, Kabita’s research interests include the history, literature, art, architecture, cinema, environmental sustainability, human rights, women’s rights and Indigenous peoples’ rights. Her academic papers have appeared in university journals and edited book chapters. Her investigative articles have appeared in the Daily Star, the New Age, Himal Southasian, the publications of various cultural and educational institutes, including the online platforms Jumjournal, thotkata.com, and alalodulal.org. Her creative works include poems and short stories. Her book of poems, Jawli Na’Udhim Kittei!/ Rukhe Darabo Na Ken! was written in Chakma and Bangla languages and translated into English by Sajed Kamal. She recently translated a short story by Shaheen Akhter, Chander Pahar (Moon Mountain), for the magazine Out Of Print. In the context of a paucity of fictional works in indigenous CHT languages, she is now working on Chakma language historical fiction.