observe 'waggay' with traditional festivity
on 15 October 2006 in the Daily Star)
Marma word, means freedom. It is a traditional custom of Buddhist
Banty (the chief of the Buddhist prayer hall) to stay at least three
months in one place. Towards the end, a two-day traditional cultural
programme ended at Masterpara in the Khagrachhari district recently.
thousand members of the Marma community including men, women, and
children attended at the colourful event. To celebrate the day, the
keyang (Buddhists' prayer hall) was intricately decorated with
flower, leaves and coloured paper. During the two nights, Marma
women made a variety of pitha while the traditionally attired young
sang, danced and participated in different games.
the concluding day, different competitions on poetry recitation,
art, and general knowledge were organised for children. In the
afternoon, a prize distribution function was also held.
Sowami, Banty chaired the event, while Khagrachhari Press Club
president Chowdhury Ataur Rahman Rana was present as chief guest.
Journalist Abu Taher Muhammad, Neyong Marma, Mraggah Marma, Uttam
Marma were present as guests.
said, The belief is that by observing waggay the Marma people would
prosper and strengthen their bonds within the community.
online at: http://thedailystar.net/2006/10/15/d61015140284.htm
Venture of Save the Children
People in Khagrachori will Get Primary Education in Own Language
on 13 October 2006 in the Daily Jai Jai Din)
with the Government primary education system, the indigenous
children will have opportunity of learning primary education in
their own language. With this view, local development organization
Jabarong Welfare Association and Save the Children UK will jointly
implement a project titled Quality Integrated Education in
Khagrachori. Under Children Empowerment Project, this education
program will be implemented at Khagrachori Sadar, Panchhorhi and
Dighinala Upazila in the district. It was disclosed in a press
conference held at Khagrhachori Press Club on the occasion of
launching the project activities on Thursday.
of Khagrachori Parboytto Jila Parishad Monindra Lal Tripura and
District Primary Education Officer Indubhushon Deb attended the
press conference as Chief Guest and Special Guest respectively.
Among others, Upazila Primary Education Officers of
Khagrachori Sadar, Panchhorhi and Dighinala Upazila, UP Chairmen,
representatives of different school governing committees and
development organizations were also present in the press conference.
Indigenous People of Durgapur Demanded Security of Vote and Life
on 12 October 2006 in the Daily Protham Alo)
Mostofa, Rajshahi: Indigenous people living in 10 villages under
Durgapur Upazila in Rajshahi district demanded security of their
vote and life. They alleged, due to the forced bar of a group of
political cadres, most of the indigenous voters of three villages
could not reach the vote center in the last national election. In
other villages, they also faced huge obstacle in this respect. They
want to elect such a fit candidate who will do good for them in the
days to come.
Election Office sources said, there live about five thousand
indigenous families in 10 villages under four UP at Durgapur Upazila.
Among them, two thousand indigenous families live at Mohiparha,
Golabarhi and Mollaparha villages under Pananagar Union. Mainly the
indigenous people of Mohiparha village lead all the indigenous
people living in the Upazila in different social activities.
Mohiparha village is situated at the 20 Kilometre north from
Birhaldaho of Rajshahi-Natore highway. Golabarhi and Mollaparha
villages are beside Mohiparha. The only possession of the families
of these villages is their housing plot. Members of the Saontal and
Orhaon communities have been living in this are for ages.
indigenous people living at Mohiparha said, they could not exercise
their franchise in the national election in 2001. Not mentioning any
particular name, they alleged, cadres of a political party threaten
them several days before election. They also order them to vote for
a particular symbol. The indigenous said, if the security of their
vote is not ensured this year, all of them together would arrange
press conference and abstain from voting for anybody. If necessary,
they will also demonstrate at Upazila and district level.
leader Philip Soren said, due to the threat of the cadres of a
political party on the Election Day, male and female voters of the
indigenous communities could not vote in the last national election.
They were threatened of life risk and uprooting from the area if
they go to the vote centers.
the security of vote and life of the indigenous communities, Upazila
Nirbahi Officer Sayeda Jebubnnesa said, if such a situation
prevails, all security measures including deploying more police
force in the indigenous villages will be adopted during the
Upazila President of National Indigenous Council Joyons Tudu said,
the only support of these indigenous families is physical labour.
There is no health centre for them in the area. The number of tube
wells for drinking water is also very few. Most of the indigenous
children cannot go to school due to poverty. Head Master of only
indigenous school of the area Rebeca Rozario said, books were
obtained free of cost in the first two years of the present
government, but nothing available in the next years. A
non-government organization named CARITAS has been supplying
necessary books at a lower cost here.
also said, to inspire the indigenous children to learn education, it
is necessary to implement some promotional activities in this area.
Though two thousand indigenous people live in these three villages,
there is no graveyard for them. As a consequence, they are to
observe obituary in other people’s land or in any jungle beside
canal or ditch. They would vote for only that candidate who would
benefit them for their welfare in the next national election, they
in the publication ceremony of a book about the Mandi
Government Played Active Role to Preserve Rights of the Indigenous
on 10 October 2006 in the Daily Jai jai Din)
government played active role to preserve rights of the indigenous
people living in the country. Even their legal rights have been
snatched away. Moreover, some so-called development work has been
done in this area, which affected negatively instead of doing
welfare of the indigenous community. Even this community has yet to
get land rights here. Speakers said it while addressing the
publication ceremony of the book titled as Struggle for Survival: A
Study on the Legal Status of the Mandi Peoples Land Rights in
Modhupur Forest Area held at Fine Arts Academy in Dhaka on Monday.
Country Director of Action Aid Shoyeb Siddiquee presented different
aspects of the book and Proprietor of Shrabon Publications Robin
Ahsan presented welcome address in the function. Speakers said, the
community people of the Mandi were harassed through accusing them
falsely of deforestation, cutting trees and excavation of hill.
Meanwhile there rises anxiety of the existence of Garo hill. They
opined to prepare and publish more research oriented and
investigative books to prevent such atrocities.
Secretary of Bangladesh Adibashi Forum Sanjib Drong opened the cover
of the book. Among others, Prof Niaz Zaman of Dhaka University,
Golam Mourtoza of Weekly 2000, Shamsul Huda of Association for Land
Reform and Rights, Representative of the Mandi (Garo) Ajay A Mri and
writer of the book “Struggle for Survival” Fazlus Sattar took
part in the discussion. With the assistance of Action Aid, Shrabon
Publications published the book.
Tournament of Adivasi held
on 05 October 2006 in the Daily Bangladesh Today)
Bikash Kendra (ABIK) emerged champion in all Adivsi “Sagram Majhi
Memorial Football Tournament” held at Kanonhat High School field
on Saturday last. ABIK defeated Panchgachia Shandhyatara Jubo Sangha
by 1-0 goal. Loan goal was scored by Rupen. Referee of the game was
Alauddin Alal. After the game trophy was given by Adivasi
Unnayan Sngstha (AUS) ED Bhagbat Tudu and Pargana Parsishad
President Biswanath Tudu. At the end, a drama based on Sagram Majhi
was presented. Sagram Majhi was Adivasi leader and was elected MLA
as joint front candidate in 1954.
16 Adivasi football teams took part in the tournament, which created
enthusiasm in the area all the games were attended by huge number of
spectators, majority of which was Adivasis. The tournament was
organised by Adivasi Unnayan Sangstha.