KOKRAJHAR: The All Bodo Students' Union (ABSU) on Tuesday expressed serious concern over the imposition of Assamese language as compulsory subject in Assam, barring Barak Valley and BTC districts.
Talking to mediapersons, the assistant general secretary of the ABSU, Kwrwmdao Wary said that the forceful imposition of Assamese language in Assam, barring BTC and Barak Valley districts, was a matter of concern. He said the Bodo language was one of the major languages of the State and it was the largest spoken language among the tribal communities and this language was included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India. He said that Bodo language users and Bodo medium were not confined only within BTC districts but this medium was spreading across the State.
Wary said, "Bodo language is associate official language of the State and it is the first official language of BTC and any discrimination of this language will invite undue distrust in the greater interest of harmony among the indigenous people of Assam." He said that all languages of the indigenous communities should be given due respect and protected at any cost. He also said the Bodos wanted equal growth and development of Bodo language.
The ABSU leader reiterated that the Bodo medium had been neglected in the State as Bodo medium students never received textbooks on time, venture Bodo medium schools were not provincialized while Bodo medium schools lacked Science, Mathematics and other important subject teachers. He lamented that Bodo medium could progress if the State Government gave importance to solving the problems of Bodo medium.