KOKRAJHAR: The three-day Kokrajhar Literary Festival, an international poetry festival with the primary focus on 'Poetry for peace and love' organized by the BTR government got underway at Bodofa Cultural Complex, Kokrajhar from Sunday. Hundreds of poets from across the country have come to Kokrajhar to participate in the mega literary festival.
As part of the programme, the chairman of the Kokrajhar Literary Festival Prof Surath Narzary hoisted the flag in the morning followed by a inaugural session. Chaired by Narzary, the inaugural function was inaugurated by Chief Executive Member (CEM) of BTC Pramod Boro while Principal Secretary Shantanu P Gotmare gave the welcome address. The chief guest of the mega literary festival Meethesh Nirmohi, an eminent writer lighted the ceremonial lamp while keynote address was given by Prof. Anil Boro, Bodo Advisory Board of Sahitya Akademy.
In his speech, the CEM of BTC Pramod Boro said the literary festival at Kokrajhar was aimed at to promote peace and brotherhood among all sections of the society where the people of small places like Kokrajhar will get a chance of sharing thought and ideas with the people of other parts of the country.
He said there had been instances of violence in Kokrajhar in the name of seeking rights and justice for the indigenous Bodo and other down trodden people through prolonged movement. "After the BTR accord signed in 2000 at the initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, peace has returned and there has been no more killings and violence," he said adding that the new government has taken special initiative to make Kokrajhar, the head quarter town of BTR as the 'City of Peace'. He also said the mega literary festival will foster peace and integrity among diverse sections of people where poets from across the country have come to participate in their own languages.
Boro said, "Not gun, but the pen is mightier than it and no problem would be solved through gun struggle." He said through this literary festival the message of peace and harmony will reach every corner. The Minister of Assam UG Brahma, president of the ABSU Dipen Boro, president of Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS) Taren Boro, Ashwini Kr. Chubay, Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies, Forest and Environment and Prof. Ganesh N. Devy also spoke on the occasion.