Boko: Organizers of two festivals in South Kamrup have decided to cancel the events scheduled next month due to the protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act across the region.
The fourth edition of the Drone-Sree-Dilma river festival at Ukiam under Chagayaon LAC was supposed to be held from January 9 to January 12, 2020, while the 10th edition of the Chandubi Festival under Palashbari LAC was scheduled to be held from January 1 to January 5, 2020. Both places are also situated along the Assam-Meghalaya border.
Jivan Rabha, president of the Chandubi festival organizing committee, said that the Chandubi festival had been cancelled keeping in mind the uncertainty in the wake of the protests against the Act. He said the committee supported the gana satyagraha against the CAA and offered tribute to the youths who lost their lives during the agitation. He also added that on January 1, 2020, the festival organizing committee would only flag off the festival but other programmes had been cancelled. On the other hand, the organizing committee of the Drone-Sree-Dilma river festival met at Ukiam recently and decided against going ahead with the event.
Suneet P. Marak, general secretary of the organizing committee, said, “It is unfortunate as the endeavour this time was to make the festival unique with inclusion of a greater number of indigenous communities, apart from conveying a message for a plastic-free environment. But given the uncertainty amid the unrest across the country, the committee has decided to cancel the festival for this time.”