UDALGURI, April 21 - All roads led to the two-day long central celebration of Banh-Gosai Utsav of the Sarania Kacharis and 16th biennial conference of All Assam Sarania Kachari Students� Union (AASKSU) at the Budhiram Das Sarania Samannay Kshetra near Tangla College in Udalguri district as thousands of Sarania-Kacharis from Baksa, Udalguri and Kamrup thronged the venue on Saturday for the much-hyped festival.
Speaking at the open session, the chairman of Sarania Kachari Development Council Deepak Deka said, �the Sarania Kachari community has nurtured their own culture, customs, traditions, thoughts, rituals and rites. The Sarania Kacharis have since long been democratically fighting for the community�s development as the Saranias are lagging behind in every respect.�
During the course of his deliberation, he highlighted the significance of Banh Gosai Utsav by saying, �it is celebrated every year on the 6th of Bohag by the Saranias with their own customs to mark the occasion of Basanta Utsav like other tribal communities where bamboo is worshipped as sacred, which we believe can heal mankind from the illness and protects all from the misfortunes and also unites mankind.�
He appealed to the Sarania Kachari people to carry forward the rich cultural heritage of the community, establish a unique identity in the global platform and fight for their existence and development by challenging deprivation and suppression.
Further, he lambasted the president of Bodoland Janajati Suraksha Mancha (BJSM) Janaklal Basumatary for creating disharmony for his vested interest and exhorted the government to resume issuance of ST certificates to the community at the earliest for the greater interest of the students who seek admission into various institutes for higher education.
Speaking on the occasion, the president of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Dr Paramananda Rajbongshi said that every ethnic community of the state is politically conscious, which is a good sign for healthy functioning of a true democracy. Every community must be able to enjoy their political and cultural rights for the nation to be federal in the true sense of the term.
He further stated that folk culture proves the identity of any ethnic group of the State and the Asam Sahitya Sabha which is committed to every ethnic community of the state, would soon take initiative to publish the history and folk cultures in English and Hindi, besides Assamese, which would be ample testimony to the rich cutural legacy of the community.
Distinguished litterateur Ismail Hussain also addressed the meet as appointed speaker. The Sabha president further said that the ethnic groups � the tribal people � who originated from the Mongolian race, may have their different attire and distinctive cuisine, yet they must be identified as ethnic tribal people of the state.
The event was presided over by the president of AASKSU Prabin Deka Sarania, where the president of Udalguri District Boro Sahitya Sabha Kameswar Boro released the souvenir titled Banh-Gosai.
The event was attended by nearly 10,000 people and was also graced by Kalaigaon MLA Maheswar Boro, BTC executive member, Lwmshrao Daimari, assistant general secretary of All Assam Students� Union Jayanta Kumar Bhattacharjya, among many others.