Kokrajhar/Guwahati, June 21: BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary today demanded a public apology from World Bodo Historical Society secretary general Sansuma Kunggur Bwiswmuthiary for demanding a ban on Kirtan Ghoxa aru Naam Ghoxa.
Addressing a party rally at Kajalgaon in Chirang today, Mohilary said Bwiswmuthiary, a Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF) MP from Kokrajhar, should apologise for his statement. “If he thinks about the Bodo people and society, he should apologise,” the BPF president said.
The World Bodo Historical Society had demanded a ban on circulation of the popular religious text written by Vaishnavite reformers Srimanta Sankardev and Madhabdev saying that it contained an anti-Bodo/Mech people verse.
The demand had sparked a controversy among different sections of people.
Bwiswmuthiary, however, said the statement was not his individual opinion, and was adopted at the society’s central working committee meeting held on June 17 in Kokrajhar. He said the society had decided only to object to the unwanted portion that had hurt the sentiments of indigenous groups of people in Assam whom others called Mlechcha et al.
Samanwita Yuva Tirtha Asom, the youth wing of Asom Satra Mahasabha, also criticised Bwiswmuthiary today, saying that by misinterpreting a verse, Bwiswmuthiary had not only shown his ignorance, but had also insulted the Bodo people.
Talking to reporters, the organisation’s general secretary, Apurba Adhikari, said they would approach the state government to take legal action against Bwiswmuthiary for trying to divide the people, and added that they would also write to President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to cancel Bwiswmuthiary’s post if he did not seek an apology from the state’s people within 72 hours, counting from 1pm today.
Prabhat Das, a member of Sankar Sangha — an organisation working to propagate Sankardev’s ideology, said Bwiswmuthiary had misinterpreted the verses because of his ignorance.