From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, November 1: The honey bee holding the flag of the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) and med as ‘Birgwsri’, the Bodo warrior who sacrificed her life fighting against the British for the cause of the Bodos in 1864, will symbolize dymism and revolution in the golden jubilee celebration of the union which is scheduled to be held in Kokrajhar with a four-days colorful programme from February 12 to February 15. The mascot of the golden jubilee celebration, Birgwsri was unveiled by the president of the ABSU, Promod Boro at Bodofa House, Kokrajhar on Tuesday.
Speaking to media persons, the ABSU president Promod Boro said the ABSU would complete 50 glorious years on February 15, 2017 as the union, a social and non-political organization, was formed on February 15, 1967 at Kokrajhar Tribal Rest House. He said the ABSU was formed with the vision to unite the students of various Bodo groups living in different parts of the world and to bring them under an organization for better and mutual understanding to safeguard and develop the socio-economy, culture, tradition, language and literature of the Bodo community. To commemorate its 50th glorious year with golden letters and spirit, ABSU is celebrating a year-long jubilee with meaningful, productive and colourful programmes.
“ABSU is aware of the significance of a mascot to convey its special message to the world as a representative figure, a symbol and a communication tool to help them stand out well in the crowd. Hence, ABSU has adopted honey bee (Scientific me Apis mellifera) as its mascot for the golden jubilee celebration of the ABSU. This charming mascot has been christened Birgwsri,” he said, adding that the honey bee was a symbol of fertility, community, prosperity, diligence and work ethic.
Birgwsri, the mascot of the golden jubilee celebration of ABSU, is seated on the spherical digit zero of the number 50 which may be taken as a wheel of dymism and driving forward. It is waving ABSU’s flag of deep yellow colour signifying the Bodos belonging to the great Mongolian stock. The flag in the mid-point bears a symbol of shield and armour with a pair of cross swords in black signifying the Bodos as the heroic tion.
“The mascot for golden jubilee celebration of ABSU has been med Birgwsri to depict the heroism of Birgwsri, the great Bodo warrior who died fighting for her people during the early period of 19th century. Birgwsri alias Tengpakri was a legendary heroine of the Bodos or the Mech community. She was a freedom fighter and became a martyr fighting against the British Army in the Bhutan War of 1864,” said Boro.