Noted Assamese Litterateur and writer Dr. Rita Chowdhury has resigned from the post of Director of National Book Trust (NBT) updating her Facebook post as 'I am Assamese (Moi Axomiya)'. Dr. Chowdhury however has not made public the reason for her resignation. Being the author of the famous novel Makam and many other books, she had faced several questions after her facebook post as the state is burning on the issue against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill,2016 (CAB).
The author has been conferred the prestigious Sahitya Academy Award for her book Deo Langkhui which is a novel of epic proportions about the glorious Tiwa Kingdom of Assam. The writer was serving as an Associate Professor of Political Science, Cotton College before joining as the Director of NBT. Other than a novelist she has been a top leader of Assam Agitation movement against illegal migrants from Bangladesh and now that the entire state has protested against the CAB, she has resigned from her Director post after posting the Facebook post as being an Assamese.
The National Book Trust is an apex body established by the Government of India, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development in the year 1957. The objectives of the trust is to produce and encourage the production of good literature in all the Indian languages including Hindi and English and to make such literature available at moderate prices to the public and to bring out book catalogues, arrange book fairs so that youngsters could be engaged more with books and to arrange seminars so that people could be more attracted to books.
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