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This comprehensive study explores issues pertaining to the 'stateless' status of the ethnic Buddhist Chakma refugees in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, who originally belonged to the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHTs). What sets it apart is its holistic overview of the social history of the Chakmas from the colonial period onwards. While analyzing and emphasizing the curThis comprehensive study explores issues pertaining to the 'stateless' status of the ethnic Buddhist Chakma refugees in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, who originally belonged to the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHTs). What sets it apart is its holistic overview of the social history of the Chakmas from the colonial period onwards. While analyzing and emphasizing the current plight of the Chakmas in India as stateless refugees, it raises the concomitant question of what it takes to qualify as citizens of a modern postcolonial state. ...

Title : Stateless In South Asia: The Chakmas Between Bangladesh And India (Sage Studies On India's North East)
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ISBN : 9788132102366
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Stateless In South Asia: The Chakmas Between Bangladesh And India (Sage Studies On India's North East) Reviews

  • Akshi
    2018-11-11 01:05

    For me reading this book was an experience exactly as what Holden had wished for, when he said,“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.” ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Ryebecause it is written by one of my professors. In fact, I could go beyond what Salinger had written and literally discuss the book with him as I was reading it. I doubt if I will get to do something similar again in the future because it is not everyday that one gets to read a work of such serious scholarship from such proximity. This book is a serious, academic take on the most marginalized of the marginalized in contemporary South Asia, the Chakmas, resettled in Arunachal Pradesh and rendered stateless between India and East Pakistan, which later became Bangladesh. Given this degree of marginalization of the concerned community, I am not surprised that this book has had a very niche readership. However, when one reads it with an academic awareness of post-colonial, post-partition South Asia in the background, this otherwise very specific case study pushes one to ask larger questions - of belonging to a state and being stateless, of competing marginalities, of empathy and sympathy, of 'what-can-be-done' etc. It leaves you feeling a little helpless given the opposing pulls and tensions of the issue, and equally disturbed as to why this issue has not received the kind of attention it deserves. But I am glad I did read this - the Northeast of India - has too many issues, besides its problematic name, which need a larger readership. I do hope that this is just the beginning for me.