From a Correspondent
gaon, February 4: The 73rd biennial conference of the Axom Xahitya Xabha today concluded with a plea to save the Brahmaputra, which has been sustaining the Assamese culture and civilization for millennia.
In a resolution, the AXX said the water level of the Brahmaputra is receding, and as such the Central and State governments should engage intertiol experts for initiating an effective strategy to protect the mighty river.
In another resolution, the Xabha solicited pro–active initiatives from the government in getting Majuli declared as a World Heritage Site.
Expressing concern at the rampant poaching of rhinos, the apex literary body called for stringent measures to address the peril posed to the very existence of the State animal.
Earlier, addressing the open session at Koliabor on Wednesday, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said Assam is such a place that whoever comes here from outside, mingles with the land, its people and its culture. “Even the ancestors of former Axom Xahitya Xabha president Imran Shah and general secretary Prahlad Tasa came from outside the State. But they have mingled with Assam and its culture,” said Gogoi.
As chief guest, Gogoi took part in the closing session and stated that the AXX has played a significant role in building the larger Assamese identity and will continue doing so in future too. While referring to the contribution of Koliabor in this process, Gogoi said that it has a great heritage. Particularly in the fields of art, culture and literary creation, Koliabor has made immense contributions which cannot be ignored, he said.
Calling AXX the epicenter of Assamese tiolity, Gogoi said: “It took a greater part in the building of the larger Assamese society, as well as its literature. It is clear that without literature, no one can think about politics and religion,” said the Chief Minister. “During the freedom movement, literature played an effective and distinctive role,” he pointed out.
Earlier in the day, prizes were distributed among the awardees as declared earlier for the year of 2014. Minister Rakibul Hussain and MPs jneen Faruqui and Gaurav Gogoi also participated in the open session.