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Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Speakers at the Jatiya Adivasi Chhatra-Jubo Convention yesterday urged the government to give constitutional recognition to the indigenous communities and satisfy their other democratic demands.
They also called upon the indigenous people to continue movement to realise their rights during the period of the incumbent government.
Youths from different indigenous communities organised the convention at the base of Aparajeyo Bangla of Dhaka University.
The speakers said a vested quarter is interested to create chaos all the time in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) to gain their political and economical benefits.
Justice Ghulam Rabbani cited his own definition of Adivasi -- people who are out of the influence of Bengali culture but belong to different cultures -- and recommended inclusion of this new definition in the constitution.
Reshed Khan Menon, chairman of the parliamentary caucus on indigenous affairs, said indigenous communities will be named as Adivasi instead of “ethnic minority groups” in the constitution.
Jatindra Lal Tripura, chairman of CHT Refugee Affairs Taskforce, asked the indigenous people to continue movement until their democratic demands and rights are fulfilled.
DU teachers Prof Dalem Chandra Barman, Prof Mezbah Kamal, and Prof HK Arfin, among others, spoke at the session.
Students of tribal communities also brought out a colourful procession with banner, festoons and placards and marched through the campus.
At least 16 tribal youths' organisations participated in the convention, also organising a separate discussion at DU Teachers Students Centre (TSC) auditorium on the rights of indigenous people.