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Call for amity in Bodo festival

- Meghalaya Governor Attends colourful show

Kokrajhar, Feb. 7: Thousands of people thronged the 4th Bodo National Festival at Alaikhungri garden in Kajalgaon in Chirang district which entered the fourth day today.

Those who attended the Bodo festival today include Meghalaya governor R.S. Mooshahary, chief minister Mukul Sangma, Ulfa leader Hira Sarania and former MP Sarbananda Sonowal.

A colourful cultural show by various ethnic groups from Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Tripura, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Assam was organised besides a fashion show. A play by dwarfs from Dapon (The Mirror), a theatre group, is among the highlights of today’s programme.

Mooshahary donated Rs 1 lakh to the theatre group.

Addressing the gathering as chief guest, he recollected the history of the Bodos and how they have spread in different parts.

Mooshahary said the festival has crossed geographical and administrative territories to unite the Greater Tibeto-Burman language-speaking groups.

In his speech, Mukul Sangma said the festival would provide a better platform to integrate culture of different ethnic groups of the same race and tradition spread across different parts of the Northeast and neighbouring countries.

“Such a festival would provide tremendous opportunity to showcase the rich culture and traditional values of the ethnic groups. It also gives us an insight to promote this region as a tourism site,” he said.

Sangma said: “Traditional values is very important for our integration and creating amity,” he said and urged the people to love and respect each other.

Former MP from Dibrugarh Sarbananda Sonowal expressed hope that the festival would provide a platform for people to come together. He said the Bodo National Festival had provided an opportunity to know each other. He also remembered the struggle of Bodofa Upendranath Brahma.

Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama Mohilary voiced concern abut the condition of the Bru people of Mizoram staying as refugees in Tripura for the past 14 years. The festival is being co-sponsored by the Assam Tourism Development Corporation.