TURA, March 2 � The 6th International Bodo Festival concluded here today amidst much fanfare and promises that the next festival would be bigger. The Chairman of the organising committee and Bodoland People�s Front (BPF) MP Biswajit Daimary called on the Bodo race spread around the globe to unite as one entity.
Daimary said, �Bodos are part of the greater Mongoloid family. Similarly, there are many other communities scattered around the world whose features, culture and traditions are alike. The objective of this festival is to propagate the message of learning from each other�.
The three day festival, which began on Friday witnessed participation of delegates from Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh, besides Tripura, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.
He further said �Bodo tribes and other communities are spread across the North East. At this festival, we have tried to foster ties with all communities, be it Garo, Nepali, Deori, Reang, Tripuri, Jamatia. We are known by different names and have different cultures and languages. We don�t want a single language or culture, rather just understanding of it�.
Stressing on the fact that all Bodo groups are similar in many aspects, Daimary said, �We are all brothers and sisters and the International Mongloid Festival is to help create a platform to unite as one entity�. �
Daimary said, �Today we have established our own identity as a community and living separately. So there is no question for unification. We just want to learn from each other, so that we can spread the message of unity and love�.
He hoped that the festival will travel to other parts of North East and South East Asia, so that people will get the opportunity to know each other. �When we know each other, it will be easy to build social and economic relationships as well�, said Daimary.
A resolution to organise the festival on a bigger platform was taken today at the core group consultative meet.