From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, September 7: The 16th death anniversary of Daoharu Garla Batha Basumatary, former president of the ABSU who was also the founder secretary of People’s Democratic Front (PDF) ,was observed at his tive village Habrubari on Wednesday by the Public Charitable Trust of GB Basumatary. A semir on his life and contributions to the society was also held at UN Brahma Girls’ High School, Habrubari in Serfanguri.
As part of the programme, the president of the GB Basumatary Public Charitable Trust, Pray Kr. Brahma hoisted the flag of the trust at the burial place of late Basumatary at Habrubari in the morning followed by homage paid by his wife Raktima Basumatary. BTC EM of Sports and Youth Welfare Doneswar Goyary paid floral tribute where local MCLA of BTC Jatirindra Brahma, former BTC EM-Sabharam Basumatary, former MCLA Rahim Chandra Brahma, former MLA Pradip Kr. Brahma and other senior leaders of various organizations attended the homage programme.
Talking to media persons, the EM of Sports and Youth Welfare, BTC Doneswar Goyary said Garla Batha Basumatary was a great leader of the Bodos as he led the society from the front. He said Basumatary was the victim of misunderstanding among the leaders. “This is not the time for misunderstanding and hatred among us but to rectify the misdeeds,” he said adding that everybody should come together with collective responsibility to work for the society.
BTC MCLA Jatirindra Brahma said Daoharu Garla Batha Basumatary was one of the most dymic leaders among the Bodos and he had lot of contribution in the Bodoland movement. He said Basumatary played an important role and took the responsibility for leading the movement. The Bodos had lost a great leader, he said.
Raktima Basumatary, wife of Garla Batha Basumatary, said she was happy to see the people for remembering the contribution of her husband. She said the GB Basumatary Public Charitable Trust had been observing the death anniversary of her husband and efforts were being made for development of burial ground of her husband.
A semir on the contribution of Daoharu Garla Batha Basumatary on social, cultural and Bodoland movement was held at UN Brahma Girls’ High School which was chaired by Pray Kr. Brahma, president of the GB Basumatary Public Charitable Trust. The president of Ramfalbil Anchalik committee, ABSU Ratith rzary gave the key note address in the semir. The semir was also addressed by ABSU general secretary Lawrence Islary, former ABSU president Pradip Kr. Daimary, former BAC EM Daorao Dekreb rzary and leaders of various organizations.
Daoharu Garla Batha Basumatary was one of the most dymic and dedicated Bodo leaders who shouldered huge responsibility during the launch of the Bodoland movement. He was instrumental in leading the Bodoland movement. Besides, he was deeply involved with culture as he used to play different musical instruments and he was also the director of the first Bodo video film Jariminni Khonkhor. He composed a Bodo tiolist song Thwisam during the peak of the Bodoland movement in 1988. The great leader was shot by a miscreant at Serfanguri in later part of 1997 and succumbed to his injuries on September 7 in the year 2000.
The GB Basumatary Talent Award was also conferred to the Bodo medium student who secured highest marks in total aggregate in the HSLC examition. This year, Jasmin Boro of Dwarkuchi High School, Baksa was conferred the GB Basumatary Talent award for her outstanding result in the last HSLC examition securing highest aggregate in the Bodo medium. The general secretary of the ABSU, Lawrence Islary attended the function as the chief guest and gave away the award.