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BSS focus on kids’ literature

Telishal (Golaghat), Jan. 22: The Bodo Sahitya Sabha will form a children’s literature committee to spread value-based knowledge among Bodo children.

“The committee will work to translate selected works of children’s literature in different languages, including Lakshminath Bezbaroa’s Buri Aair Xadhu and Nabakanta Baruah’s children stories, to Bodo language. We feel the Bodo language is lagging behind in children’s literature,” said Kamala Kanta Mushahary, general secretary of the Sabha, while talking to The Telegraph on the sidelines its 53rd annual session.

The three-day session began at Bishnu-Bijoy Nagar here along the Assam-Nagaland border, around 35km from Golaghat town and 335km from Guwahati. The session was inaugurated by Golaghat deputy commissioner Julie Sonowal.

“The composition of the committee will be finalised during the session. We hope it will fulfil one of the long standing needs of our language,” Mushahary said.

He said they had placed some demands before Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi and state education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. “We are hopeful of hearing a positive announcement from them during their visit to the session,” Mushahary said.

The demands include creation of a separate directorate of education for languages of Bodo and other indigenous communities and directorate of BTC education, re-amendment of the Assam Educational Institution (Provincialisation of Services) Act, 2011, handing over land by Sonitpur deputy commissioner to 325 Bodo-medium lower primary schools and introduction of Bodo as a medium of instruction in higher secondary courses.

For the first time, an annual session of the Sabha is being held in Golaghat district.

Around 1,600 Bodo families from 57 villages here are working hard to make the conference a grand success. They have also sought help and co-operation from other communities for the conference.

Delegates from Bengal, Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland and 23 district committees of Assam, along with countries like Nepal and Bangladesh, will participate in the conference.

A book fair and an exhibition are also being organised.