Supreme Court should not endanger the Tribal Communities by dumping millions of refugees.
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After staying in camps of North East India for more than five decades, Chakma and Hajong refugees from Bangladesh are finally set to get citizenship in state of Arunachal Pradesh, India.
The move came following an order of the Supreme Court, which in 2015 had directed the Central government to grant citizenship to the Chakma and Hajong refugees.
Who are the Chakmas and Hajongs?
They were originally inhabitants of the Chittagong Hill Tracts of erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). 80% are Chakmas of Buddhists communities and rest Hajongs are of Hindus.They took a refuge in Arunachal Pradesh around 1960's in various camps of Lohit and Changlang districts. They were provided with 16 acres of lands donated by the locals for refugee camps.
Granting citizenship to the Chakmas would seriously affect the demographic structure of the state where most of the tribes are less in number in comparison to the growing Chakma population. Arunachal Pradesh is a fully Tribal Populated state and has a meager population of just 1.57 millions who are mostly dependent on forest resources.Only about 5,000 of the original 14,888 Chakma-Hajongs who were sent to Arunachal are alive today. As for later generations, a white paper published by the state government in 1996 said their numbers had increased more than 300% from the original 14,888 persons settled in 1964-69 to over 60,000 in 1995. Now the present official population is around 1.25 lakhs. Due to the failure and negligence of Central Govt of India there have not been much progress in the state in the last 5 decades. Moreover, the last all-party meeting held in June 2017 said granting citizenship would contravene various laws such as the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873, Scheduled District Act, 1874, Assam Frontier Tract Regulation, 1880, Assam Frontier Forest Regulation, 1891, Chin Hills Regulations, 1896, and Assam Frontier (Administration & Justice) Regulation, 1945 (1 of 1945).
To Protect the indigenous tribes and rights, any outsider needs Inner Line permit (ILP) to enter the state and they cannot buy lands.
Why Arunachal is worried and are fighting against the citizenship Issue?
We don't hate anyone. We are peaceful living people. We just wants our rights and will fight to protect our homeland from intruders.
1. Arunachal Pradesh is a very thinly populated state with different tribes in each districts.The local tribals namely Noctes, Khamtis, Singphos, Tangsas and the residents of Lohit, Changlang districts are today minority in their own lands. That means the local customs are less prioritized and endangered. The hot growing population of Chakma-Hajong (Bangladesh) will someday put the whole state in Minority.
Tripura is a very good example of how the locals became the minorities today. The local Tripuri tribes are now under the clutch of non-local Bengalis. The Present Chief Minister of Tripura is also Bengali. It means the minority will have no such importance in the politics and law making. Even the announcement in airports are done in Bengali. After decades of fighting,riots and communal clashes, Tripuri language was finally adopted in the airport announcement. Till today they are fighting for tribal rights and protections. But it is too late for them. They are now a "Stranger in their own lands".
We are not to late to act. Lets save Arunachal Pradesh from this nightmare and safeguard the indigenous people who are peacefully settled in the hills.
Sign up this petition not to grant citizenship to Chakma-Hajongs in Arunachal Pradesh. They can be settled outside Arunachal Pradesh on Humanitarian Grounds. ILP will be needed for them to enter Arunachal Pradesh. They have been our guests for more than 5 decades. Now they wants our lands, It cannot happen.
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