AXOM XAHITYA XABHA’s CENTERY CELEBRATIONS
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
JOYSAGAR, Feb 11: With the centery celebrations of Axom Xahitya Xabha (AXX) in full swing at historic Rupahi-Zerenga Pathar in Sivasagar, Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal on Saturday made a clarion call to the AXX to work resolutely for the cause of language and literature and expand its footprint beyond the State’s borders.
“Language and literature constitute a core component and bear the identity of a tion. To propagate language and literature, one needs to work resolutely. The role and contribution of Axom Xahitya Xabha need to spread outside the State,” said Sonowal in his address as chief guest in the first open session of the AXX centery celebrations here.
“The ideals of doyens like Sankardev, Madhavdev, Damodardev, Haridev and Ajan Fakir have raised the prestige of Assam in the eyes of the world. Our people must now move forward taking inspiration from them,” the Chief Minister exhorted.
Sonowal said the unification of all major and minor communities into the greater Assamese society has taken shape. “For the advancement of greater Assamese society, everybody has to put in concerted efforts. Axom Xahitya Xabha has to take the lead in unifying such efforts to help the State go forward,” he said.
Emphasising that unity is power, Sonowal said, “If we stay together, we can prove ourselves worthy of a strong tion, and if we disintegrate, we will fall.” adding, “Based on the ideals of Chaolung Sukapha, we will have to work to make Assam stronger.”
He also requested everybody to maintain constant vigil on the works of the State government so that it does not digress from its objective.
Sonowal also informed that the venue of AXX centery celebrations held at Zerenga Pathar will be preserved and all steps will be taken to preserve the rich heritage of Sivasagar.
Presided over by AXX in-charge president Prahlad Tasa, the first open session of the Xabha was attended among others by Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta, Members of Parliament Kamakhya Prasad Tasa and ba Sarania, and MLAs Tapan Gogoi, Kushal Dowari, Jogen Mohan and Ritupar Baruah. The open session was iugurated by eminent litterateur Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi.
In the morning, a colourful cultural procession was taken out on the occasion. Various ethnic and cultural groups from other Northeastern States and parts of the country also took part in the procession.
In the evening, a history session was held in Heremba Borpujari-Amalendu Guha-Bhuban Handique-Tarun Payegam Memorial Stage at PNG Baruah Khetra. The session was presided over by Professor Dambaru th of Dibrugarh University and iugurated by Dr Kamal Malla Buzar Baruah, Vice Chancellor of Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat.