KOKRAJHAR, June 20: Renowned writer Bukul Chandra Basumatary, who was also retired legal advisor of the Reserve Bank of India, Regional Director of National Housing Board, and an advocate of Mumbai High Court, breathed his last on Wednesday morning in Mumbai. He was battling cancer since the last one year. Basumatary was undergoing treatment at Kokilaben Hospital, Mumbai. Bakul Basumatary, who did graduation with honours from Gauhati University, completed LL. B with distinction from NEHU and was a member of the Assam Judicial Service from 1980 to 1984. He held the posts of Judicial Magistrate and Munsiff under the High Court of Judicature, Guwahati. In the year 1984, he resigned from the membership of the Assam Judicial Service to join the Legal Service of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Mumbai and was also the Regional Director of the National Housing Board. Basumatary, as a student was an active leader and a pro-active social reformer. He made efforts to reform the Bodo society by holding periodical conferences, meetings and discussions with the Bodos, particularly those living in villages and small towns. His prime objective was to make them give up excessive drinking and blind beliefs, and to promote education and ideas of reformation.
Basumatary has 12 books to his credit, including Geeta - translation in Bodo, treatise /deals with various issues relating to definitions of Kamarupa and Pragjyotishpur. It also deals with the evolution of the Bodos with Hinduism and conversion of Bodos into Islam in East Bengal, Shakuntala, a translation of Shakuntalam of Kalidas, Bodo Civilization in India, A Concise History of the Bodos, A Treatise on the Bodos, Why a Bodoland, Bodos are the ancestors of modern Indians, which is under print, and Boroni Jarimin, which is about the ancient history of Assam.
Meanwhile, the working president of the Bodoland Janajati Suraksha Samity (BJSM), DD Narzary said the Bodos had lost one of their great writers who dedicated his life for the Bodo society.