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Between agony and hope: the Chakma refugees of Arunachal Pradesh of India

Authors: Chakma, Dr. Bindu Ranjan
Keywords: India -- Scheduled Tribes; India -- tribal populations; India -- politics; India -- social conditions; India -- ethnic minorities; India -- Bangladesh War; India -- refugees; Bangladesh -- refugees; human rights
Issue Date: Sep-2015
Description: "Some 42, 333 Chakmas have been living in Arunachal Pradesh since the time of their migration from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) during 1964-1969. But, confusion over their political status continued to plague their lives. The Supreme Court of India delivered a judgment on 9th January 1996 calling upon the Indian Government to confer citizenship right to these Chakmas under Article 5 (1) (a) of the Citizenship Act of 1955. It was because of some proactive measures of the Election Commission of India; only 1497 Chakmas could register their names in the electoral roll and exercise their right to vote for the first time during the Assembly Election of 2004. In the 2009 Assembly Election, 1740 Chakmas were included in the state electoral list. However, the Chakmas are still living with statelessness situation due to non-implementing the judgment of the Supreme Court of India."
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Appears in Collections:International Relations & Ethnic Minorities: NGO and Think-Tank Reports

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