01 October 2012
Posted in Communal attacks
NB: I had written an update on the same topic, a couple of days ago, but had mistakenly uploaded it on my son, Aryadev’s, FB account, by mistake. Since then I had attended the meeting convened by the Deputy Commissioner, Rangamati (but not the rally or procession) on 25 September. So I have amended some bits. I can understand that there may be people who feel that I should not have attended, having regard to the sentiments of many. However, I felt that I should attend, since I represent an officially-recognized institution. I also wished to take the opportunity to express my views, before government leaders and officials, Bengali and Jumma leaders, and the press and media.
COMPARISON WITH SIMILAR ATTACK ON 20 MAY, 1991
The recent attacks in Rangamati town on Jumma or predominantly Jumma (Pahari/Indigenous) settlements were illegal and cowardly. They did not cause as much property damage as a strikingly similar attack on 20 May, 1990, when several Jumma students and others – including then PCP leader, Proshit Bikash Khisa – took shelter at Rajbari, Rangamati. In the case of injuries, I don’t know. Perhaps more this time.
This time, as far as our home is concerned, only the women from our neighbourhood took shelter at our house, and for a shorter time (on 20 May, 1991 there were a few score for about a week). And I live, not in a sprawling bungalow – the then Rangamati Rajbari that was burnt down on 10 November, 2010 - but in my younger sister, Troya’s, small bungalow, as a sheltered person, myself. But I feel that the people were more prepared to “deal” with the issue, this time, women, men and children.
But the trend remains, it is Jummas defending, and non-Jummas attacking, excluding a significantly small percentage of incidents, over the last decade and more. That applies to other parts of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) as well.
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