BJSM not to tender apology over Siu-Ka-Pha row

From our Correspondent

KOKRAJHAR, Feb 27: The Bodoland Jajati Suraksha Manch (BJSM) on Monday said that there was no need to tender apology over the row of Siu-Ka-Pha on the diktat of ULFA (I) and endorsed the remark of NDFB (Saoraigra) group by saying that the statement issued by BR Ferenga, the outfit’s general secretary, was based on historical facts.

In a press statement, the president Jaklal Basumatary and working president DD rzary said the demand of ULFA leader Paresh Baruah and AJYCP to the NDFB leader to apologize over the anti-Bodo remark after Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal called the Bodos to follow the principles of Sankardeva and Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha, was not necessary. They said both the great men of Assam domited the Bodos and the ULFA too had been trying to domite the Bodos with the domint principles of the great men. They also said that the Bodos were a simple and peace-loving indigenous community but they had been domited by great legends based on whose principles the Bodos were forced to convert to Vaishvite and speak Assamese language, follow their culture and tradition.  Thus there was no question of apologizing but instead, the ULFA (I) should apologize for following the domint principle.

The BJSM leaders said Siu-Ka-Pha’s portrait was not allowed to be part of the tableau in the Republic Day celebration in New Delhi as he was referred as an invader who crossed Patkai hills and killed hundreds of gas and applied his ill-policies against the Bodos. The leaders of the BJSM also expressed resentment over the objectioble quotes of Sankardeva who in the Kirtan Ghosa , allegedly called to annihilate the Mlecha (Bodos are called Mlecha, Mech)

The leaders of the BJSM said the Bodos were not a problem in the State but problems were being created by the ULFA (I). They also asked the ULFA (I) not to adopt anti-tribal and anti-indigenous policies by staying in foreign soil and to give up ill motives towards the indigenous communities of Assam.