KAJALGAON (CHIRANG), Feb 7 � The Bodo National Festival is meant to foster brotherhood among ethnic groups and not to dominate one another, said RS Mooshahary, Governor of Meghalaya, while speaking at the open session of the 4th Bodo National Festival today at Kajalgaon.
Addressing a mammoth gathering as the chief guest, Mooshahary further said that no human society is free from conflict and every civilization progress over coming the conflicts. At the same time, he mentioned that Bodos have a long past with mythological and historical genesis. However, the broad Bodo race in course of time got fragmented at different places in India and abroad. Particularly in Kokrajhar and Assam, Bodos are at a better position in respect of political, social and economic aspects. Hence,they have a responsibility to extend all possible help to bring other Bodo groups at the level of similar advantages.
He also said that such festival is to be seen for uniting the culture and heritage of the Bodo groups and sub-groups in order to make the process of development uniting all and is not to be misunderstood to suppress or dominate any culture.
Speaking on the occasion as a guest, Dr M Sangma, Chief Minister of Meghalaya, highly appreciating the initiative of BNFC said that �we have a rich culture and heritage for which we must become a vibrant economy like other parts of world through own resources�. At the same time, he strongly mentioned that �we believe in living in harmony and co-existence mutually with the other communities� as a way of progress, adding that �I firmly believe that I also belong to the same Bodo race and we need to preserve the magnitude of our rich culture and heritage.�
The open session, inaugurated by Hagrama Mohilary, was attended by many dignitaries.