TANGLA: The stage is set for the three-day-long 50th annual conference of the Bodo Sahitya Sabha (Boro Thunali Afad), the apex literary organization of the Bodos, at Daoharu Fwthar that lies on the outskirts of Khoirabari town in Udalguri district scheduled to be held on January 20, January 21 and January 22.
The four-day session is expected to discuss the development of Bodo-medium institutions, prospects of Bodo language, besides issues such as the ongoing peace process with the NDFB factions.
As many as 3000 delegates and 500 observers will attend the conference of the premiere literary organization. Apart from guests and delegates from the State, those from the neighboring states of West Bengal, Tripura, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Bangladesh, and Nepal will attend the mega event.
“The guests, delegates, and visitors coming to enjoy the mega literary event of the Bodo Sahitya Sabha will be impressed by the hospitality and warmth of the local people. It will remain etched in their memories,” said the convener of the publicity sub-committee of the reception committee and senior journalist Bhargab Das. “The people of the entire locality consider themselves fortunate to host the mega literary congregation as one can feel a sense of unity and fraternity among the various linguistic communities who are working hard to showcase Udalguri to the rest of the world. With the help and service of different communities, this conference is going to usher in a new history,” Das said.
“Issues related to Bodo language and Bodo-medium education and the future course of action will be discussed during the session,” said Executive Member of BTC and president of the reception committee, Lwmshrao Daimary.
The apex Bodo literary body has been demanding that the Government of Assam should take proper steps to conduct and popularize education in the Bodo language. For this, it has demanded the creation of a separate directorate for Bodo medium, a provincial nation of Bodo-medium institutions, the appointment of teachers, implementation of the RTE Act and timely distribution of textbooks.
The final day open session will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and will be graced by Union HRD Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary. American linguist Scott DeLancey from the University of Oregon, whose work focuses on typology and historical linguistics of Tibeto-Burman languages as well as North American indigenous languages, will also grace the event.