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Chakma National Council of India-Mizoram asserts its Indigenous identity in Mizoram
The Buddhist minority, Chakma community of Mizoram came together in a single platform "Mizoram Chakma Convention" to discuss and deliberate upon various issues and challenges being faced by the community in Mizoram. More than 498 delegates (Political Leaders, Activists, Intellectuals) from 209 villages and towns from all across Mizoram attended the Convention.

The Buddhist minority, Chakma community of Mizoram came together on a single platform "Mizoram Chakma Convention" to discuss and deliberate upon various issues and challenges being faced by the community in Mizoram. More than 498 delegates including political leaders, activists, intellectuals from 209 villages and towns from all across Mizoram attended the Convention.

In pursuance of resolution adopted in All India Chakma Convention in Silchar on the 26th and the 27th July, 2014, the State Level Organizing Committee of Chakma National Council of India (CNCI) convened a two days All Mizoram Chakma Convention at Art and Culture Hall, Kamalanagar (Capital of Chakma Autonomous Council) on the 30th and 31st August, 2014 for constitution of Mizoram State Unit Executive Committee of CNCI and deliberate upon some of the pressing issues pertaining to Chakmas of Mizoram.

A total of 493 delegates from 212+ villages and towns representing political parties, NGOs, Village councils and intellectuals from different parts of Mizoram participated in the meeting. In short, people from all walks of life partook in deliberation and decision making.

The meeting observed and declared that the Chakmas in Mizoram are indigenous residents of the western part of the State of Mizoram.

The meeting also observed that before the advent of British rule, the tribes in North East India and CHT having distinct Ethnic Identity, Culture and Tradition, enjoying sovereignty through evolving a sort of administrative system to rule their respective kingdom according to their own genius.

The British India Government also had recognized the fact, therefore, had introduced a separate system of administration from that of mainland India by adopting terms-Backwards Tract, Excluded Area, Partially Excluded Area, etc. In Independent India those very Areas and the people living therein are allowed to enjoy 'Autonomy' though in various degrees except the Chakmas in Lunglei District and Mamit District in the State of Mizoram.

It is the expressed opinion of the meeting that the non-inclussion of the Chakma villages in Lunglei and Mamit district while creating Chakma Autonomous District Council in 1972 is against the principle of Natural Justice.

The meeting strongly condemned the unjust Sir Cyrill Redcliff award of Bengal Boundary Commission which awarded the CHT to Pakistan with more than 97 percent Non-Muslims against the principle on which the Boundary Commission was set up.

The meeting in unison expressed utmost satisfaction over the good track record created by the Chakma NGOs in Mizoram in extending support to state government in maintaining law and order and implementing the government policies and programmes. The Young Chakma Association has been an additional force to Mizoram Police and District Administration, many a time, in nabbing the miscreants or criminals.

The meeting also elaborately sensitized the delegates on the burning issue of infiltration of foreign nationals. Chakma villages in Mizoram being situated in extreme international border of Bangladesh, we, the Chakmas should be vigilant and extend necessary assistance to the concern authority of the state government to check illegal infiltration as a part of our bounded duty as a citizen of India. The meeting unanimously resolved to launch extensive programme to sensitize the people on the issue, if felt necessary, in course of time, it is also proposed to form village level committee for the purpose.

The meeting also discussed at length on the other socio-economic related problems such as- Chakma Customary Law, imparting education in mother-tongue (Changmha) in all schools of Chakma villages' up to elementary stage etc. It was resolved to formulate necessary plan and programme for solution of such problems.

At the end of the meeting pledged that "Chakma Nationalism" shall be the guiding force for all round upliftment of the Chakma community, and also achieving the aims and objects of the CNCI. Further, all legal, democratic and Constructional tools within the frame work of Indian Constitution shall be used for achieving its aims and objects.

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