BISWANATH CHARIALI, May 2 � �The Assamese language is the base of greater Assamese society. It has now acquired the status of a modern bridge language.� This was observed by Asam Sahitya Sabha president Dr Dhrubajyoti Borah at a public meeting held at Binapani Natya Mandir here on Wednesday as a part of the literary body�s �Setu Bandha Aru Ujjivan Yatra� programme.
Dr Borah further said that anybody who has used Assamese as the first or second language is an Assamese. Highlighting the rich history of the Assamese language, Dr Borah underlined the importance of the Assamese medium and announced Sabha�s decision of setting up of jatiya vidyalayas to check the aggression of the English language.
The Sabha president commented that only communal harmony and secularism could secure the future of the Assamese language and literature. He also informed that a corpus fund of Rs 10 crore has been set up to run the activities of the Asam Sahitya Sabha with the interest accrued from it.
Sabha general secretary Dr Paramananda Rajbongshi also addressed the meet chaired by Jogen Sharma, president of the Sabha�s local unit, while the objectives were stated by its secretary Hiren Borah. The felicitation programme was conducted by Sabha�s central executive member Hiranya Hazarika. A team of central office-bearers also accompanied the president.