Santu Larma in limbo, Blogging CHT – Part -2

Maskwaith Ahsan

Maskwaith Ahsan

The writer is an Online Journalist and Offline Media Educator.

The natives of Chittagong Hill Tracts suffered one colonizer after the other. After 1972, it was Bangabandhu’s BAKSAL-backed Rakkhi Bahini that went for ethnic cleansing in CHT. That was the time when M. N. Larma was forced to spearhead a movement against Baksal autocracies. After the assassination of Father of the nation, General Zia got a free hand to militarize and settle Bengali migrants in CHT to change the ethnic demography of the area. General Ershad and BNP leader Khaleda Zia continued their colonial mastership by closing their eyes to the ethnic cleansing carried out by the Army and Bengali settlers. Shantibahini had to take refuge in India to run its separatist movement.

Later, General Ershad started peace talks with M. N. Larma that culminated into the peace accord of 1997 during the time of AL-led government. Shantibahini surrendered arms for the chance of a normal life in CHT, and Santu Larma, as successive Chairman of CHT regional council, dreamt of an autonomous motherland. But BNP and AL governments kept Santu Larma in limbo. This government failure led to the uprising of another radical separatist group, UPDF.

This is the tedious story of a heart of darkness where a native lives in exile in own motherland. Biplop narrates the saga of CHT to E-Bangladesh.

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The writer is an Online Journalist and Offline Media Educator.