BSS announces series of programmes for Bodo literature, slams 'government apathy'
From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, April 27: The Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS) has announced its series of programmes for Bodo literature that will start from first week of May this year. At the same time, the BSS criticized the Government of Assam for allegedly showing apathy while releasing fincial assistance to the Sabha.
The president of the BSS, Kameswar Brahma said that the Sabha had decided to hold meetings with the Vice-Chancellors of KK Handique Open University and Gauhati University over problems of the Bodo department. He said the Sabha would pursue the Vice-Chancellor of KK Handique Open University for introducing Bodo department from the next academic session and would call on the Vice-Chancellor of Gauhati University to discuss the problems being faced by the Bodo department in the university. Besides, the Sabha would also meet the Vice-Chancellor of Assam University, Silchar for taking necessary steps to introduce Bodo Major subject in the colleges of Karbi Anglong district. The Sabha has instructed the Karbi Anglong district BSS for making necessary arrangement.
Brahma said the Sabha would hold semirs on four subjects under the sponsorship of Sahitya Akademi that will include Bodo Writers’ Festival to be held on June 19 and June 20 at KC College, Baksa under the aegis of Salbari district BSS, discussion on the creativity of novels of Chittaranjan Mashahary, the greatest Bodo novel writer of the Bodos to be held at Gossaigaon B.Ed. College on August 20 and August 21, semir on ‘Awareness of women and woman writer’ at Rukasin College, Karbi Anglong on October 22 and ‘Open discussion among the Bodo writers’ at Subansiri College of Lakhimpur district on December 17. The Sabha has decided to observe the 54th Bodo Medium Day on May 18 in all schools and colleges under every district and primary BSS, besides observation of birth anniversary of the Soldier of Bodo medium, Jogendra Kr. Basumatary at his birth place, Basugaon in Chirang district on May 19.
The BSS will finish the compilation of multi-lingual Bodo dictiory to be published by the Central Hindi Directorate, New Delhi. The delegation of the BSS will call on the officials of Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology (CSTT) over the holding of meeting on filizing the glossary of Social Science, Zoological and Botanical Science and technical science from July 10 to July 17 and also meet the Prime Minister of India, Home Minister and Human Resource Minister to discuss the problems and prospect of the Bodo language and literature from July 19 to July 23. The Sabha has also decided to move the authority of Antropologicla Survey of India after visiting the important protected and heritage sites in Kolkata from July 14 to July 17 to press for setting up Bodo Cultural and Heritage Centre in Kokrajhar.
The BSS leader expressed regret over the alleged non-release of fincial assistance to the Sabha by the State Government for carry out literary works of the Bodo medium. The Sabha president said the State Government had to release fincial assistant of Rs 10 lakh from plan fund and Rs 5 lakh from the non-plan fund in 2015-16 but the State Government had not released the amount.
Brahma said the Government of Assam released fincial assistant of Rs 30 lakh to the Axam Xahitya Xabha but not to the BSS, Rabha, Tiwa and Mising Sahitya Sabha which is just Rs. 5 lakh each. He said it was completely apathy towards the indigenous Sahitya Sabha, its language and literature.