Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Influx top poll issue: Sonowal

Posted By: Kame Daima, Admin BODOLAND
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              Few years ago, as I was strolling one evening off the Marina Beach of Chennai, I was stunned to meet a couple from Golaghat district for their “extraordinariness”. They were newly married, and in reply they told me that they are on their honeymoon. I repeat extraordinary because they not only talked in broken Bodo, but the lady was in her dokhona. It made me ashamed because I was with my sister who was one of the active members of the central AABWF. But I never talked to her about it later.
         It tinged me for a long time and I had a divided opinion on why some of us so adverse to our own culture and upbringing. It took not so longer to get the root causes behind when I made one of my friends who defined it in this way:
   “I start talking in Bodo whenever I meet people from other community, and if that man is a bit comfortable, I finish with my tongue.”
      It is what he had a love for his own upbringing. I have no idea how many non-Bodos use our language, but to be frank, in many parts of our Baksa district they communicate in the language that we use. Some of them are now using Bodo as their means of communication at their home. They even have got a full assimilation to the very fabrics of our community, and these are not by threat or condition but by and cultural exchange inter-marriages to some extent. This is what they love doing it.
     Recently, reliable reports tell about some youths from parts of Udalguri districts using scissors and blades to discipline the astray girls and boys for using offensive dresses. Though we can not estimate the wrath and reaction it brings on the victim and fans, examples are there to adhere to their own choices and never to marry a Bodo!!!
     Time has come to decide and take a constructive decision to reassess the reality, and it should be not to harness a donkey in dry fields. Parents and student bodies should to play a pivotal role for the upkeep and upbringing of children’s culture and tradition. Religious institutions’ role would make it more enhancing. Even implementing Bodo code of dress and assembly session in our language in schools and colleges will bring about a satisfying result.
     We have to re-organize the Bodo Cultural Afad on sound footing and with the sole aim of uplifting our culture and tradition. Contradictions if any should be avoided. The Bodos from the heartland of Bodoland should shoulder this role and show a model example. Will and heart should be put together for that.
     I wonder of that marginalized Bodo couple from Golaghat who put me on shame. They convey a message to love our culture and tradition. We owe a great to them with reverence. 

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 Influx top poll issue: Sonowal
 BONGAIGAON, Oct 22 – Singling out influx as the top issue, the State BJP today said that it would contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls in the State with new promises. After attending a party workers’ meeting at the Pragati Bhawan here, State BJP president Sarbananda Sonowal stated this to media persons at a brief press conference.Sonowal alleged that the Congress Government in the State has been planning to tie up with the AIUDF to grab the Lok Sabha seats with the votes of Bangladeshi migrants. The Congress Government has ignored the interests of the indigenous communities of the State in its bid to secure power, he added.
The State BJP president blamed the State Government for its alleged role in the hike of prices of essential commodities. As many Congress MLAs are involved in syndicates, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has not mustered the courage to check these illegal activities, Sonowal maintained.
The State Government has also been delaying the process of scheduling the six indigenous communities to protect the interests of illegal immigrants, Sonowal said, adding that the Bangladeshi migrants have been protected well in comparison to the indigenous communities of the State under the patronage of the Congress Government.
Sonowal also blamed the Congress Government for the clashes in the Rabha-Hasong area in Goalpara district. He said that the State BJP would approach the voters ahead of the Lok Sabha polls with genuine issues to win support for the party. He said that the BJP would field its candidates in all the 14 Lok Saha seats without caring for any alliance.

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