BARPETA, Jan 30 � Veteran writer , thinker and member of the central committee of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Ismail Hossain has urged the people of the rural area to strengthen the existing libraries and build more and more libraries in their areas.
Addressing the open meeting at Mamrej Ali Samannay Kshetra( Kakakuchi Higher Secondary School play ground) at Kayakuchi held on the occasion of the 29th annual conference of Barpeta District Sahitya Sabha on January 28 Hossain rued the lack of reading habit of the people and termed it as the root of all evils in the society.
Stating that the Bengali speaking Muslims are the part and parcel of Assamese society, culture and literature he said that the back bone of the Assamese society lies with working class of the society such as farmers and labourers and not with the Asam Sahitya Sabha. He strongly criticised the mentality of the well-to-do people of the Assamese society to teach their wards in English medium schools and expressed the apprehension that the Assamese language and literature will be preserved by the Maimansingia Muslims one day.
He also urged the people of Kayakuchi area who are mostly Maimansinhia to adopt Assamese language and literature so that this conference become a turning point in the history of this locality. He also gave a detailed account of the rich heritage of the Kayakuchi where he himself was born and boldly claimed that people from different parts of the State will have to come here to learn literature and language if they keep the intellectual movement in proper manner.
Addressing the meeting as the chief guest, Kanak Chandra Sarma, ex vice president of Asam Sahitya Sabha said that Islamic elements are in no way less negligible than other factors in Assamese literature. He informed that Asam Sahitya Sabha has realised the fact since its inception and have been paying due recognition to Islamic literature and the people belonging to this religious faith.
He lamented that some people and media houses have been trying to accuse the nationalist organisation of neglecting some section of the State. This is not at all true and the Sahitya Sabha since its inception has been working for one and all of the State.
Ganesh Nath, ex-general secretary of Barpeta district Sahitya Sabha and president of Baksa district Sahitya Sabha and Kuladhar Deka, ex-secretary of Barpeta district Sahitya Sabha also addressed the meeting which was presided over by Gobinda Talukdar, president, Barpeta district Sahitya Sabha.
Earlier in his welcome address, Alhaj Janesh Ali Ahmed, president of the reception committee gave a brief description of the history and culture of Kayakuchi area. He expressed deep satisfaction over the participation of the guests and attendance of the people in large numbers in the programmes of the conference.
In their secretarial speech, Nur Hussain and Hannan Ali Ahmed, joint secretaries of the reception committee informed that Kayakuchi Sakha Sahitya Sabha established way back on 12 August 12 1978 has been able to create a number of writers and critic from this area.
Gobinda Talukdar in his presidential address gave a detailed account of the role of Asam Sahitya Sabha in the formation of the greater Assamese society. He urged upon the people of all class irrespective of the caste and religious belief to work unitedly for the development of Assamese language, culture and economy.
The two-day function began with the opening of the main gate by Alhaj Nur Hossain, retired principal in charge, Kayakuchi Higher Secondary School followed by the hoisting of the flag by Siddiqur Rahman, president, Kayakuchi Sahitya Sabha.
A seminar on "Contribution of char chapori in the Assamese language and literature� was held in the afternoon which was chaired by Aksyay Kumar Mishra, ex-president of Barpeta district Sahitya Sabha. Golam Sarowar, principal, Barnagar BEd College delivered the key note address in the seminar.