Kamalanagar, April 29, 2015: Chakma Autonomous District Council completes 43 years today. In the year 1972, on this momentous day, the Chakmas living along a narrow strip of south western part of Mizoram within the then Pwi-Lakher Regional Council were put under an autonomous district council under the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India to allow them to safeguard and promote their distinct ethnic and cultural identity. However, an equal number of Chakma population remained outside the ambit of the Council to the north western part of Mizoram.
Chakmas in Mizoram have thrived and sustained as a community, thanks to the foresight of the drafting committee of the Constitution of India who have ensured mechanisms to sustain the plural character of this country. There are examples of communities around the world who face danger of losing their identity because of lack of constitutional safeguard.
Chakmas in CADC have celebrated this historic day today. No other day is as significant as this Day for the Chakmas of Mizoram. Kamalanagar the Headquarter of Chakma Autonomous District Council had a day long programme of celebration to observe the Day. The Vice-Chairman, Planning & Development Board, LADC Pu Hmunhre graced the celebration who was here a day before.
Early morning the CEM, CADC hoisted the Indian National flag and the CADC flag to the chanting of a song glorifying CADC. The CEM in his official address remembered the Chakma leaders like Dangu Atul Chandra Chakma, Dangu Kristo Mohan Chakma, Dangu Hari Kristo Chakma and others who have worked tirelessly with the then leaderships of Assam and the Centre to bring about the creation the Autonomous District Council. The CEM, CADC thanked Smt. Indira Gandhi former P.M. of India under whose term the CADC was created. He also expressed his happiness over Pu Lalthanhawla for enhancing the power of the Councils in 1993.
CADC flags were hoisted at schools, Govt. institutions and by people in their residences.
Traditional games like Ghile Hara, Potti Hara, Poar Hara, Nadeng Hara, Duri Tata-Tani, and Gudu Hara were played. Race with Bas-Haram (Stilt made out of Bamboo) were conducted.
In the evening candles were lighted in front of every household as a tribute to all those Chakma leaders who have sacrificed their comfort for the creation of the Council.
A traditional cultural programme was arranged in the evening.