GUWAHATI, Sept 11 - The Bangla Sahitya-Sanskriti Samaj and the Byatikram group has highlighted the necessity of development and rejuvenation of all the languages of different linguistic groups of the State of Assam. The two bodies reiterated the need for the rejuvenation of all languages of the State when a high-level joint delegation met Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in his office chamber last Thursday.
The delegation comprised Hojai MLA Shiladitya Deb, famous litterateur and chief advisor of Bangla Sahitya-Sangskriti Samaj, Guwahati Prof Usharanjan Bhattacharjee, the two chiefs of the Byatikram Group Dr Soumen Bharatiya and Pintu Gupta, advisors of Bangla Sahitya-Sanskriti Samaj, Guwahati Jyotirmay Purkayastha and Romen Chakraborty, general secretary of the Bangla Sahitya-Sanskriti Samaj, Guwahati Gautam Bhattacharjee, well-wisher and social activist Sudipta Sarker, Manoj Nandy Mazumder, Mansh Sarma Barua and Abhijit Barua. It was led by Hojai MLA Shiladitya Deb.
In his response, the Chief Minister stated that the first identity of a community or a society is its language and culture. More the development of the language and culture, more its usage and application, the individual communities will become more accomplished, which in turn will benefit the society as a whole.
Shiladitya Dev, MLA informed the Chief Minister that the members of the delegation, who have come to see him, are the cream of the educated and cultural elite of the Bengali community of the State and are flag bearers of literary and cultural development efforts. He expressed confidence that the discussion with the Chief Minister will be very successful and its effects will be far reaching.
Before engaging in the discussion, the Chief Minister was felicitated by with a phulam gamosa. Three books authored by Prof Usharanjan Bhattacharjee were also presented to the Chief Minister by the author himself, who expressed his thankfulness to the Chief Minister for the welcome extended to the delegation and his eagerness to address the subject matter of discussion. Prof Bhattacharjee also praised the Chief Minister for his amiable disposition, his way of handling important issues, his idealistic approach, his respect for the law of the land and above all his spiritual inclination.
The Byatikram group chief Dr Soumen Bharatiya raised the issue of holding the �Loka Sangskriti Divas� on September 11, the birthday of the legendary folk singer and researcher of folk music Kalikaprasad Bhattacharjee, who hailed from Silchar. Dr Bharatiya requested the Chief Minister to grant his approval for officially celebrating the birthday of Late Kalikaprasad from this year onwards. The Chief Minister spontaneously accepted the proposal and issued official instructions to the concerned authorities for doing the needful. The Chief Minister assured that his government will always stand by organisations like Byatikram for all good works they intend to do for the State.