SIVASAGAR, April 21 - Birangana Sadhani Divas was observed centrally in Sivasagar Boarding Field today by the Department of Cultural Affairs in association with the Sivasagar district administration.
Speaking on the occasion Naba Kumar Doley, Minister, Cultural Affairs said that Birangana Sadhani was a symbol of sacrifice and patriotism and her act of heroism will continue to inspire not only the Chutias but all others in Assam. He added that the Sonowal government in the State is committed to keep alive the memories of the heroes and heroines of history.
Addressing the gathering, Prof Ranjit Chutia said that Chutias were one of the oldest warring tribes of NE India who came into the Hindu fold centuries ago. Defeat of Chutia king Bhismak of the scriptures at hands of Lord Krishna and marriage of Bhismak�s daughter Rukmini with Krishna was symbolical of Chutias accepting Aryan culture. He added that the Chutias got assimilated with broad Assamese culture after the defeat of Nitipal at hands of the Ahoms and they were the first people to use Assamese language in the Brahmaputra valley.
Parag Sakia, president, organising committee, delivered the welcome address. Jiten Saikia, president, Sadou Asom Chutia Unnayan Parishad said that the present government has done a lot of good work for the tribe, but yet a lot remains to be done including granting of ST status to the Chutias. Dr S Laksmanan, DC, Sivasagar, offered the vote of thanks. Borpathar Deori gaon husori dal enthralled the audience at the meeting.
The meeting was attended among others by Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, MP,Jorhat, Kushal Duwori, MLA Thowra, Jogen Mohan, MLA, Mahmora, Amiya Kumar Bora, president Chutiya Jati Sanmilan, Barnali Sarmah, Director, Cultural Affairs and Mohen Bora of the Chutia students union.