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Sabha to strive for amity among people

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 14 � Asam Sahitya Sabha president Rong Bong Terang, who was re-elected for a second successive term as head of the State�s apex literary body, today said that strengthening the traditional bond among the diverse constituents of the multi-ethnic mosaic of the North-east would be the Sabha�s priority in the days ahead.

Talking to The Assam Tribune, Terang said that notwithstanding the testing periods the strife-torn region had been in for some time, the age-old amity among the common people was still there and the need was to build on that mutual trust to keep the divisive forces at bay.

�From my visits to different places in the North-east and interactions with different indigenous communities I feel that the common people do not have any clash amongst themselves. The need is to build on that sense of mutual trust and bonhomie, and being an organization of the masses, the Sabha can do a lot to that end,� Terang said.

Terang said that another job before the Sabha was to revive the position of the Assamese language as the link language in the region.

�Assamese had traditionally been the link language in the North-east and the Sabha will strive to restore its earlier status. But there is no question of imposing Assamese on others for the purpose. Rather, it has to come from people�s spontaneous response and the Sabha will try to be the facilitator in enhancing the people�s understanding about Assamese being the most suitable language for being the region�s lingua franca,� he said.

The litterateur said that the Sabha�s agenda also included facilitating greater literary and cultural interaction between the Brahmaputra and Barak Valleys besides with other States of the North-east.

�We have historical relations with the States of the region and strengthening that link can help the growth of literary and other creative pursuits as well,� Terang said.

Terang said that the Sabha had taken up several projects during his earlier stint and he would work towards taking those to their logical conclusion.

�We have undertaken several academic initiatives including publishing of books on diverse subjects,� he said.

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Sabha to strive for amity among people

GUWAHATI, Nov 14 � Asam Sahitya Sabha president Rong Bong Terang, who was re-elected for a second successive term as head of the State�s apex literary body, today said that strengthening the traditional bond among the diverse constituents of the multi-ethnic mosaic of the North-east would be the Sabha�s priority in the days ahead.

Talking to The Assam Tribune, Terang said that notwithstanding the testing periods the strife-torn region had been in for some time, the age-old amity among the common people was still there and the need was to build on that mutual trust to keep the divisive forces at bay.

�From my visits to different places in the North-east and interactions with different indigenous communities I feel that the common people do not have any clash amongst themselves. The need is to build on that sense of mutual trust and bonhomie, and being an organization of the masses, the Sabha can do a lot to that end,� Terang said.

Terang said that another job before the Sabha was to revive the position of the Assamese language as the link language in the region.

�Assamese had traditionally been the link language in the North-east and the Sabha will strive to restore its earlier status. But there is no question of imposing Assamese on others for the purpose. Rather, it has to come from people�s spontaneous response and the Sabha will try to be the facilitator in enhancing the people�s understanding about Assamese being the most suitable language for being the region�s lingua franca,� he said.

The litterateur said that the Sabha�s agenda also included facilitating greater literary and cultural interaction between the Brahmaputra and Barak Valleys besides with other States of the North-east.

�We have historical relations with the States of the region and strengthening that link can help the growth of literary and other creative pursuits as well,� Terang said.

Terang said that the Sabha had taken up several projects during his earlier stint and he would work towards taking those to their logical conclusion.

�We have undertaken several academic initiatives including publishing of books on diverse subjects,� he said.