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Cultural programme in Khagrachhari

Jasim Majumder, Khagrachhari

The Daily Star

Speakers at a discussion on Saturday said that the indigenous people are facing discrimination both from outsiders and administration. They are losing their lands. The government should intervene and ensure the rights of the indigenous communities, expressed the speakers.

The discussion was organised by ‘Adhivasi Dibosh Udjapon Committee’ at Tribal Cultural Institute under Sadar upazila in Khagrachhari district to mark the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People.

Chairperson of the NGO, ‘Pajuriko’, Nomita Chakma presided over the discussion while Khagrachhari Hill District Council (KHDC) Chairman Monindra Lal Tripura was present as chief guest.

Speakers agreed that the indigenous people need a peaceful environment like everyone else in the country. But some settlers have been unlawfully grabbing their lands and disrupting the indigenous lifestyle.

Mentioning the extinction of many cultural events, the speakers said, as there is no bold initiative from the government and the local indigenous leaders, many age-old traditions and heritage are on the verge of being lost into oblivion.

Speakers also suggested that the government should establish cultural institutes for indigenous communities. They also urged to appoint indigenous language teachers in each primary school to ensure education in mother tongue.

They also urged the media to highlight indigenous culture and heritage.

Among others, Member Secretary of ‘Adhivasi Dibosh Udjapon Committee’, Beki Tripura; KHDC Councillor Sanu Mong Marma; YWCA District Chief Pratima Roaza and Organising Secretary of Tripura Kalyan Sangsad, Bibishe Tripura spoke at the programme.

After the discussion, a cultural programme was held at the venue

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