Thursday, 15 August 2013

BORO THUNLAI AFAD: LITERARY SOCIETY OF BODOS

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Bodo Sahitya Sabha

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On November 16, 1952, the Bodo Sahitya Sabha (Bodoबर’ थूनलाइ आफाद), the vanguard of Bodo language and literature, was founded under the presidentship of Joy Bhadra Hagjer, a Dimasa leader at Basugaon, in the district of Kokrajhar, Assam consisting of representatives of AssamWest BengalMeghalayaNagalandTripura and Nepal in abroad.

Early work

After India obtained independence, a critical mass of Bodo intellectuals realized the need for preservation of Bodo language. Many early Bodo authors studied in schools and colleges, where medium of instruction was either Assamese or Bengali. Bodo intellectuals felt that Bodo language must be preserved and developed at par with Assamese and Bengali languages. Bodo people realized very late that the education was the key component to the overall development of Bodo people and their language. After prolonged struggle and determination of the Bodo Sahitya Sabha (Bodo Literary Organization), the Bodo language was introduced as a medium of instruction at primary level in 1963 and then at secondary level in 1968. Bodo language and literature has been recognized as one of the Major Indian Languages (MIL) in Gauhati, Dibrugarh and North-Eastern Hill Universities. In 1985, Bodo has been recognized as an associated state official language of Assam.

Recent development

Now the language has attained a position of pride with the opening of the Post-Graduate Courses in Bodo language and literature in theUniversity of Gauhati in 1996. Moreover,under the aegis of the commission for Scientific and Technical terminology, HRD Ministry, the Govt. of India, the Bodo Sahitya Sabha is preparing more than forty thousand scientific and technical terms in Bodo language. Further, it is promised, the Sahitya Academy would accord "Bhasa Sonman"(respect for language) to the Bodo language and literature as an initial token of full-fledged recognition to it. Furthermore, the Govt. of India, in principle, has recognized the necessity of inclusion of the Bodo language and literature in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India.

Contributions

Moreover the Bodo Sahitya Sabha has to its credit a large number of books on prose, poetry, drama, short story, novel, biography, travelogue, children's literature & criticism.

Presidents

Joy Bhadra Hagjer1952-1966
Satish Ch. Basumatary1966-1968
Gauri Kt. Brahma1968-1974
Ramdas Basumatary1974-1977
Lakheswar Brahma1977-1980
Ramdas Basumatary1980-1983
Jogendra Kr. Basumatary1983-1990
Kamal Kr. Brahma1990-1993
Moni Ram Mochari1993-1996
Bineswar Brahma1996-2000 (Aug.)
Daleswar Boro (Acting)2000-2002 (Aug.)
Brojendra Kr. Brahma2002-2008
Dr. Kameswar Brahma2008-Present


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