NEW DELHI, May 9 - President of Bodoland People�s Front (BPF) Hagrama Mohilary has urged the Central government to bestow the country�s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna on Upendranath Brahma, posthumously.
Revered as Bodofa � the Father of the Bodos � Upendranath Brahma, who also was the former All Bodo Students� Union (ABSU) president, had ignited the Bodoland Movement in 1987, which later metamorphosed into a strong and progressive cause, Mohilary said.
In a series of tweets, he said, �Our leader Bodofa Upendranath Brahma has always remained as an icon of Bodo leadership, sacrifice and unity. �Live and let live� was his mantra and he made relentless efforts to fulfil the Bodo aspirations. He had spearheaded the Bodo Movement which ended up in the formation of BTC in Assam. To honour his work and sacrifice, we would demand the Central government to bestow the Bharat Ratna upon Upendranath Brahma.�
Mohilary added, �He dreamt of not only uplifting the Bodos, but the entire backward classes in the State, and to realise this dream, Bodofa brought a revolutionary change in the society.�
�His life was dedicated for social and economic justice for the entire backward masses. It is time we show our gratitude towards Bodofa for the development we are witnessing today,� he said.