Thursday, 7 November 2013

'Vested groups behind trouble in Bodoland'

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 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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'Vested groups behind trouble in Bodoland'

TNN Nov 4, 2013, 10.57AM IST
KOKRAJHAR: Condemning the recent violence in Baksa district, the Bodoland People's Progressive Front (BPPF) has alleged that vested interest groups were fuelling conflict between Bodos and non-Bodos.
One person was killed and several others were injured in a clash between supporters of the Aboro Suraksha Samity (ABSS) and locals at Dumni and its adjoining areas in Baksa on Wednesday.
BPPF president Rabiram Narzary said the incident in Baksa was unfortunate and condemned the groups that were involved in the incident.
Without naming any organization, Narzary said some groups were instigating people to take up arms against the Bodos to serve their personal interests. Narzary said, "Every community has the right to raise its voice for its rights and privileges and the BPPF will support it. But we will not encourage anyone to target a particular community," he said.
He asked the state government and the Bodoland Territorial Council administration to take appropriate measures to keep the situation under control and also cautioned that clashes between such small groups can turn lead to communal violence.
BTC chief and Bodoland People's Front president Hagrama Mohilary blamed leaders of the ABSS and the Sanmilita Jonogostiya Sangram Samity for worsening the situation at Dumni. Mohilary said people should maintain peace and there should be peaceful co-existence to bring about an overall development in the region.


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