On the southern side of Assam, there was a ranging tribe that traveled to rescue their lives during the partition of India-Pakistan. They are the ones called Chakmas. There are untold stories of struggle which even continues now.
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The fights of Chakmas, a scheduled tribe of southern Assam has led their journey of 50 years to be called as an Indian. Here’s a poem to their journey for identity.
They told us the stories of partition
Tales of new nations
Told us the reasons behind it
With shallowness of what they did
Today the depth of shallowness they increase
When they talk about the Chakmas whom they called refugees.
Past chapter 1
They fled to the east of Pakistan,
When the partition coaxed them to leave their land.
They were asked the religions they belonged,
since they were non-Muslims nor Bengali tongue they had.
Led their livings to sojourn in India
where they caved themselves to the south of the
Dawn-lit mountains area.
This was not the end of intense humaneness
when the act of jealousy went on air,
and sooner they were asked to leave as the
people they called their own said, “we can’t share”.
Past chapter 2
Five decades they lived
listening to the foreign tone
and even to this, they agreed.
Dubbed as an alien to their own land
They spoke at last and
now it’s our turn to return back them the
dignity in grand.
“Why do we live here?”
“why can’t we leave?”
“how can you call it home?”
“for what we grieve?”
This is our land and we must know that
There’s nothing safer than this and
that’s why we call it our homeland.
We grieve because they are our own and
grieve for the ones who will soon call us their own.
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