Slice of Life
A Torchbearer among Indigenous People
Vanté is a name loved and revered by the indigenous
people of Bangladesh. He has become a symbol among these
people. In Bandarban, his birthplace, 11 groups of indigenous
people now see him as a conveyer of peace and harmony.
Vanté was a man ready to start a career in the
administration, but a dramatic turn of events led his
course to the path of Buddhism. His educational background,
religious training and wisdom paved the way for him to
position himself at the centre of all the 'adibashis'
living in his native land. However, it is his recent activities
that have made him a precursor of peace and fraternity
among all indigenous people.
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