Thursday, 24 October 2013

Supporters go on rampage - Vehicles damaged, labourers attacked during Goalpara bandh

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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Strike supporters go on rampage

- Vehicles damaged, labourers attacked during Goalpara bandh
A jawan keeps vigil during the bandh in Goalpara on Wednesday. Telegraph picture
Goalpara, Oct. 23: Supporters of the 96-hour strike threw stones at two vehicles and attempted to set another on fire in three separate locations in Goalpara district today.
The Non-Rabha Co-ordination Forum and the All Assam Non Tribal Students' Union have called the strike in Goalpara and Kamrup (rural) districts in protest against the announcement of elections to the Rabha-Hasong council without excluding the non-Rabha villages from the area.
Early this morning, strike supporters attacked two newspaper vehicles at Krishnai, 35km from here, and at Bhalukdubi, 5km from Goalpara, partly damaging them.
In the afternoon, a section also tried to set afire another van, hired by some strike supporters, after causing damage to the vehicle near Goalpara police station. However, police rushed to the spot and stopped them. Miscreants also damaged a bike at Tilapara, under Lakhipur police station, 70km from Goalpara town.
In another incident, goons attacked some daily labourers of a rubber garden at Bhalukdubi while they were at work. “A group of unidentified men came and attacked us and broke our bicycles when we were working in the garden. We are daily-wage labourers and if we do not work even for one day it becomes hard for us to make ends meet. Therefore, we are compelled to work. What have we done wrong?” asked one of the injured labourers. They were admitted to Goalpara civil hospital
The strike affected normal life in both districts with offices, educational institutions, business centres remaining closed and vehicles staying off the road. The incidents have prompted the Goalpara district administration to take strict measures to prevent a repeat in the next three days. The police administration has engaged additional forces to bring the situation under control. “We are trying to bring the situation to normal. The strike is a democratic movement but if the supporters take undemocratic steps we will take strict measures to control them. I appeal to the members as well as the supporters of the non-Rabha organisations to maintain peace so that people are not affected,” said Nitul Gogoi, superintendent of police, Goalpara.
The non-Rabha organisations, for their part, are firm on their demands. “We have no objections against the council elections but we can never support the polls if the non-tribal villages are not removed from the Rabha Hasong area. If the villages are not deleted then the non-tribals will live as second-class citizens in the Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council, which we can never tolerate. Moreover, in some villages of the council, non-tribal citizens have been denied the right to vote. Therefore, we will go to any length to stop the council election,” said Altaf Hussain, secretary of the All Assam Non-Tribal Students’ Union.
The ruling Congress has started the process of selecting candidates for the council elections. A meeting was held at the residence of state PCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita this evening where PCC office bearers of the two districts (Goalpara and Kamrup rural) were invited.
The Rabha Hasong Joint Movement Forum which had spearheaded the movement for council polls, will field their candidates in all the 36 council seats, a source said.

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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
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G. Can not say
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H. It is only for benefit of tainted leaders
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