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Bengali Nationalism & the Chittagong Hill Tracts

9 Dec 2020
Vol. 1
INTERVIEW

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"Cultures of Chittagong Hill Tracts and other indigenous peoples are still marginalized in Bangladesh, in mainstream cultural practices. They're made invisible. And there is a kind of appropriation too. A Chakma dance is danced by Bengali dancers."

Researcher Kabita Chakma in conversation with Advisory Editor Mahmud Rahman talked about her own experience writing and translating in Bangla and Chakma, as well as the longue durée history of the Chakmas and the Chittagong Hill Tracts, particularly after the formation of CHT as a district in 1860. Colonial cartographies split the Chakma population between countries, districts, and states between Tripura, Assam, Mizoram in India, Burma, Bangladesh, and their global diasporas. How robust, Mahmud Rahman asks, is the readership of Chakma texts?


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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Interview
Chittagong Hill Tracts
Bangladesh
CHT
Indigeneity
Chakma
Chakma History
Indigenous Art Practice
Indigeneous Spaces
Politics of Indigeneity
Language Diversity
Language
Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord
Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti
United People's Party of the Chittagong Hill Tracts
Kaptai Dam
Bengali
Nationalism
Jumma Communities
Jumma
Chakma Communities
Shaheen Akhtar
Militarism
Military Crackdown
Shomari Chakma
International Mother Tongue Day
Intellectual History

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