Stateless in South Asia: The Chakmas between Bangladesh and India

Stateless in South Asia: The Chakmas between Bangladesh and India

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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 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.

Setting a new dimension in refugee studies, the arguments in this book are developed on the framework of oral narratives, incorporating the self perceptions of the Chakmas as well as the people of the host nation. Stateless in South Asia: The ...

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