Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Six babies die in Kokrajhar

Posted By Kame Daima, Admin BODOLAND

                                                                                      Editor’s Message

             To the next talks, Bodoland has remained an apple of discord as the same geographical location has been demanded by the other communities with fewer competencies. Recently, some of our honoured leaders have claimed themselves as the only precursor of Bodoland movement, that they can conceive separate Bodoland state only on the lines of the present BTC which lacks many advantages of administration development. They think of conceiving a full pledged statehood with increased power of home and finance department to be independent and free from state interference. The govt. hinted it and it may also materialize.

          It’s a good idea intertwined with the idea of integrity and understanding. Many of the intellectuals support this idea.

        But, the reality has been quite different at present. The recent up rise of the anti-Bodo elements in the heart of Bodoland has resulted due to the deprivation of their rights and privileges as they asserted and it has crippled the very foundation of the unity that the Bodos had been enjoying under the leaderships of BPF and ABSU. It would be a gross mistake on the parts of BPF to say that they had never been a part of Boodoland movement under the aegis of ABSU in the past. It was a time to establish the greater Bodo nation in the corridors of developed nation, but our lethargic and selfish motive has led to the degradation to the root level.
              As reported and to everybody’s knowledge, the ABSU will assert its continued demand for Bodoland and in parallel the ruling BPF may assert its influence on to promulgate Home and Finance department to the BTC for more efficient governance. Both are a welcome gesture on the part of the all round development of the Bodoland. Any elite Bodo group or organization can demand for our genuine rights of Bodoland, be it political parties, dissident groups, student organization or non political groups. Ultimately, aim should be to wean away the deprivation and subjugation for so long we Bodos are suffering from the ruling classes and bring about a lasting peace, unity and development. One way or the other, the Bodos do not have the historical records of selling its community in the hands of others for narrow gain or selfishness. Let it should never happen if anything of the sort happened in trivial. Ignorance is a malady that may creep on the way, and we should be careful and think about it.
    Narrow criticism, abusive language and threats will never serve the Bodos for unity and understanding rather may create communal hatred, disharmony and bloodsheds. We have to appease the anti-elements by any means!!!
       It’s a time to respond to the call of the day and take a strategic role for the Bodo nation.
Let us shun violence, let peace and unity reign Bodoland.     
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Six babies die in Kokrajhar

A four-month-old baby died at Surjakhata village under Dotma block in Kokrajhar district on September 26, an 11-month-old on October 7, a nine-month-old the following day and a two-month-old on October 12. Sources said another two babies had died within this period but could not give details.
While villagers alleged that the babies had died in reaction to polio vaccine, local health workers denied this.
Affected families this correspondent spoke to said the babies were vomiting, unable to raise their heads and had stillness in the eyes. “The baby was well but two days before he died he started vomiting and was unable to raise his head. We took him to the hospital in Kokrajhar but to no avail,” said Rashan Brahma, father of the nine-month-old boy who died on October 8. Dwitya Brahma, who lost his two-month-old son said, “We believe it is a reaction to polio vaccine.”
The local auxiliary nurse midwife, an ASHA worker, said the deaths could not be because of the vaccines as these had been administered at least three to four weeks before. Reaction to vaccines takes place within 24 hours. In fact, no baby was vaccinated in the village in October and even the baby who died on September 26 had been vaccinated about three weeks ago.
That no doctor or health official has visited the place to ascertain the cause of the deaths has added to despondency among the villagers. The midwife said she had informed the authorities in Dotma but hadn’t heard from them since.
Manish Thakur, mission director of National Rural Health Mission in Assam told The Telegraph that he was not aware of the development. “In such cases we normally get reports from deputy commissioners of districts. In this case, the Kokrajhar DC has not informed me of anything. So, I will have to verify the reports.”
Expressing concern over the poor health facilities, the residents said the six-bed Dumariguri state dispensary, the only health centre in the area, had been rendered futile without doctors and proper medical staff. Several residents feared if the deaths continued, illiterate villagers may start attributing it to witchcraft.
Raj Narzary of Nerswn, a Kokrajhar-based NGO, said, “Infant mortality is like epidemic in Kokrajhar. We have been sounding this alert to the health authorities but no one seems to be bothered.”


Result of the last week

Are Bodos in need of a new student organization? Your opinion?

A. Yes
  1 (9%)

B. No
  8 (72%)

C. Never now
  3 (27%)

D. It may bring another clash amongst Bodos
  2 (18%)

E. It is a must for development of Bodos
  0 (0%)
F. ABSU has failed to meet its commitment
  0 (0%)
G. Can not say
  0 (0%)
H. It is only for benefit of tainted leaders
  3 (27%)

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