Meet Tripura’s first ever Female Chakma Cabinet Minister


Dipankar Das

Agartala, March 11: Santana Chakma has scripted history by getting inducted as the first female Chakma Cabinet Minister in Tripura. Santana has been made the Cabinet Minister for Social Welfare & Social Education and Animal Resource Development in the first BJP-IPFT government led by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.

The news spread like wildfire and Chakma settlements across Tripura broke into impromptu celebrations with elders saying they wish the new minister the very best as she embarks on a new journey.

Social Media, too, was flooded by congratulatory and celebratory messages as the community cheered their first female representative in Tripura’s Cabinet of Ministers.

Santana, who is said to be very humble, won the Elections from the ST reserved Pechartal constituency in North Tripura District. The 32 year old Minister joined the BJP in 2015 and is a Masters Degree holder in Social Work from IGNOU.

The name ‘Chakma’ was coined by one of the Burmese kings during the Bagan era. Burmese kings hired Chakmas as ministers, advisers and translators of Buddhist Pali texts.

Some of the Chakmas and Hajongs living, mostly from Mizoram, live in relief camps in southern Tripura due to tribal conflict with Mizos.