International Journal of Social Science & Economic Research
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Title:
UNEVEN DEVELOPMENT: THE POLITICS OF PAHARI-BENGALI DISCOURSE IN CHT

Authors:
Muhammad Kazim Nur Sohad, S. M. Sadat al Sajib, Mohammad Yaqub, Nasrin Sultana

Abstract:
This paper examines the situation of local capacity for participating in development programs that initiated by the government and various development agencies for the betterment of Pahari people in the CHT. It will uncover the secret process of 'Pahari' (the Hill People) -Bengali polarization in relation to the development programs in after accord situation. The recurrent process of dichotomization by the state in the name of development has intensified gradually. The state policy of continuous intrusion and alien treatment to the 'Pahari' people made them suspicious that anything comes from plain land. So, this paper emphasizes the interaction between the state policy and the ethnic minority constructing the discourse 'Pahari'-Bengali in Bangladesh through the development programs in relation to historical ascendency as well as current experiences. It unfolds, how state policy justifies authoritative dominance and legalizes the power exercise practiced by ethnic majority and how these processes wipe out the sense of cultural identity of 'Pahari' people on the pretext of development.

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