KOKRAJHAR, Jan 23: The Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS) today accused the Assam government of neglecting the Bodo language and insisted that Axom Xahitya Xabha's intent to impose Assamese language among the indigenous people "could root out other languages and dialects".
Addressing the concluding function of the 55th session of BSS at Mugacharan Brahma field in Chirang district today, BSS president Dr Kameswar Brahma said the apex Bodo literary body has been demanding provincialization of Bodo medium schools, creation of posts, filling up of vacant posts, proper implementation of Right to Education Act (RTE), setting up of separate directorate for Bodo medium etc., but there has been no steps from the Assam government to meet these demands.
Brahma lambasted Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for "trying to elimite the Bodo language for which the Sabha has lost faith in him".
"The BSS has stopped approaching the Assam Chief Minister who has turned out to be great liar. We decided not to invite him and his cabinet colleagues for the session. We need a good chief minister and a helpful government which can fulfill our genuine demands for development of Bodo language and culture," he said.
The BSS president said it is "unfortute" that the Axom Xahitya Xabha is "adamant on imposing Assamese language" on all indigenous people and threatened to sp ties with the apex Assamese literary body.
BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary said language is the identity of a community and BSS has been playing an important role for introducing Bodo as medium of instruction from primary to university level as well as development of Bodo literature.