Barchala-Kachamari (Dhekiajuli), Jan 5 � �The Bodo language is extremely neglected by the Assam Government. Despite the language being recognised by the Indian Constitution, the State Government has not given due recognition to it. Not only that, even the Education department of the State has been displaying a stepmotherly attitude towards this issue since a long time which is extremely unfortunate. We honour other languages and can speak in other languages, but how many people know our language (Boro language) or try to learn it?,� rued Pramod Boro, president of the All Bodo Students� Union while addressing a mammoth gathering at the open session of the 41st biennial conference of Barchala Anchalik, ABSU held here at the Kachamari playground located at the border area of Sonitpur and BTAD, some 50 km away from Dhekiajuli town on Saturday.
In his long discourse, he also observed that Bodoland is a constitutional right of the Bodos. Bodoland must be formed as per the Indian Constitution. Until and unless Bodoland is formed, Bodos will continue their movement. �Now the Bodoland movement is at the last stage, so Bodos should not miss their track,� he said and urged all concerned to extend their helping hand by participating in the ongoing Bodoland movement. The ABSU supremo who attended the occasion as chief guest in his speech also said that the proposed Bodoland is not only for the tribal people, rather it is for the common people wherein equal rights and communal harmony will be given top priority. �Bodos get inspiration to live an energetic and national life from the term �Bodoalnd� as it is a holy term for them,� he said.
Prior to it, inaugurating the conference, president of the Udalguri district ABSU, Nerkhang Khaklari urged the student community of the Bodo society to be more attentive in the field of education. �Without educational development, no nation can prosper in any field,� he said in his speech and added that in comparison to the students of other community Bodo students have to face a lot of problems as the agencies concerned, particularly the Education department of the State government has no proper policy to improve the standards of the Bodo medium schools.
In the programme, Sahitya Akademi Award winner, Sansumoi Khungri Basumatary and professor of LOKD College, Dhekiajuli, Dr Tulan Muchahari were felicitated.
The conference was also attended by the general secretary of Sonitpur district, AGSU, Puspa Chetry, president of Dhekiajuli unit AASAA, Lakheswar Mirdha, life-time member of Boro Sahitya Sabha, Karunakanta Basumatary among others.
Presentation of different cultural items including Bagrumba dance and other ethnic dances regaled the gathering. Alongwith the open session, the three-day-long conference was marked with flag hoisting, homage to the martyrs�, cultural and literary competitions among the students, sports competitions and delegates� meeting.
A new body of the anchalik committee of the ABSU was formed in the delegate session held on the second day of the programme, with Kumud Boro as the president and Prafulla Basumatary as the general secretary.