Sunday, 27 October 2013

Protest against trader’s death

Posted By: Kame Daima, Admin BODOLAND
                                                              Editor’s Message

              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 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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Protest against trader’s death

Kokrajhar, Oct. 26: Police had to resort to lathicharge and blank firing to disperse an unruly mob, which gathered at Bauraguri police station demanding immediate arrest of those involved in the killing of trader Debasish Saha.
Saha, 35, a grocery store owner, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at Bhawraguri Bazar under Gossaigaon police station in Kokrajhar district last evening. He was rushed to Ranendra Narayan Basumatary civil hospital in Gossaigaon but doctors declared him dead on arrival.
No one has been arrested so far in the case.
Sources said a mob today gheraoed the Bauraguri police station shouting slogans in protest against the killing and demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.
The police had to resort to lathicharge and firing in the air to disperse them.
However, a 12-hour Kokrajhar district strike, called by the All BTC Bengali Youth Federation, passed off peacefully, with no reports of any untoward incidents. The strike affected normal life in Bauraguri and Gossaiagon but had little impact in Kokrajhar town.
In another development, the Kokrajhar district committee of the All Bodo Students’ Union announced a three-hour strike at Pragati Bhawan from 10am on October 30 to protest the rise in killings, abductions, extortion and other illegal activities in the district. The union asked miscreants to refrain from carrying out activities, which disrupt peace and tranquillity.
The union also condemned the alleged rape and murder of two girls at Azara on October 23 and demanded stringent punishment to the accused. The union said there should not be any leniency shown towards such criminals.
Mithinga Basumatary, president of the All Bodo Women Welfare Federation , said the culprits involved in such crimes should be hanged to death. She urged the state government and the Kokrajhar district administration to take strong steps to prevent incidents such as killings, kidnappings and extortions in the district.
Brahma also demanded strong punishment to culprits involved in such incidents to curb such crimes.
She also demanded compensation to the family of the victims.
Kokrajhar deputy commissioner Nitin Khade said the administration has been taking stern action to prevent such incidents in the district.

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