2. Mission for the Indian Chinese Community
Dr Rita Chowdhury’s Makam is a landmark creation on the sufferings and plights of the Indian Chinese specially the Assamese Chinese during the Indo-China War of 1962 when they were being deported to China. In the process of writing the novel, Dr Chowdhury had to do extensive research and field visits to different places interviewing people and experiencing the real picture of the story.
Dr Chowdhury had seen the untold miseries of those people and their families and relatives who had been separated from their near and dear ones through the ages. She was astonished at the discovery that nobody dared to bring the hidden story to light since those years. The inner mind and heart of the author was shocked deeply and so she resolved to stand for those forgotten people.
With hard struggle, dedication and perseverance, Dr Chowdhury was able to write the historic novel, MAKAM (Assamese) which was an eye-opener for the people of the country and become a best-seller in Assam. The English version of the novel, MAKAM has been published in 2015 and the first edition of the same has been sold out immediately. The Second edition of the novel is under process.
Dr Chowdhury has also completed one documentary on the same subject with the title ‘WARS & TEARS’ and one Coffee Table Book, ‘THE DIVIDED SOUL’ which has been produced and published by THE PANGEA HOUSE.
The Following letters are Testimony of her long and tireless efforts for the said community:
Dear Ms Chowdhury
On behalf of the Association of India Deoli Camp Survivors (1962), I would like to forward you a copy of our letter to the Prime Minister of India, dated August 19, 2010. We are requesting the erection of a monument at the former Deoli Internment Camp site, as an acknowledgement of the persecution of ethnic Chinese after the Indo-China border war of 1962. Attached is a scanned copy of the letter (pg. 1 & 2).
In the past, you have written and published works on the subject of the ethnic Chinese community in India. Your latest book “MAKAM, A painful story of the Chinese Assamese across Assam” has become a household word among the Indian Chinese communities in India, Hong Kong and North America.
As survivors of the Deoli camp, we thank you for your tireless efforts in reporting the truth and in raising awareness of the suffering and tragic plight of the Chinese during and after the 1962 war. We have silently waited for almost half a century for the government of India and its political leaders to bring this shameful chapter in modern post-independence
India to a close. We hope that the government of India will do the honourable thing and approve our reasonable request.
We would greatly appreciate any support you may give to our association, as we believe our request would be much advanced with your help. Hope to keep mutually informed.
Association of India Deoli Camp Internees (1962)
Dear Ms. Reeta,
Let me on behalf of the Chinese community of Kolkata congratulate you for your book on the Chinese at Makum. It has brought a ray of hope on the horizon in the lives of those who had suffered since 1962. To us it may lead to the healing process which is long over due, and open the door for the Chinese Indian to take their proper place in this land of our birth.
We are the people who are well known for our realistic commitment.
while so in the process of our living in this land of our birth we somehow are bound by the fear of 1962,which lead to a sense of insecurity instead of belonging which make us secure and thus enhance our commitment toward the land of our birth.
We do not wish to be half hearted in our work, and are willing to look realistically at the past. We therefore, are with you in your effort to do something that will be good the Chinese Indian not of Assam alone , but whole of India..
Thank you again for your concern and we assure you of our support.
Yours in the effort of becoming more abiding Indian citizen,
Indian Chinese Association for Culture, Welfare and Development.