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A peace vision for Bodos
- HS topper urges warring groups to drop gun & adopt pen

Kokrajhar, May 27: Monoj Swargiary has scripted history by becoming the first from the Bodo community to top the science stream in the Higher Secondary examinations this year. The fact that he has been selected for admission to the Indian Institute of Technology this year, is an additional distinction.

But the meritorious boy has a greater vision for the Bodo community, which he today encapsulated in an appeal — drop the gun and fight with the pen instead.

“Achievement through violence is temporary. It is time for us to fight with the pen. If we want to compete with the world and be known as a community, it can be done only through the pen,” Swargiary said today in an exclusive interview to The Telegraph.

Caught in the crossfire between different warring Bodo groups, Monoj said the frequent clashes and violence in the Bodo belt saddened him. “It (violence) has had some impact on me. There is fear in all of us. But I didn’t let the fear come in my way,” said the youngster from Pathsala in Baksa district.

Monoj got an aggregate of 94.2 per cent with 100 marks in both maths and physics, 96 in chemistry, 90 in Bodo (highest in state) and 85 in English.

A student of Anandoram Barua Academy, Monoj appeared as an institutional private candidate.

Monoj also aspires to acquire a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from an IIM and later wants to appear for the UPSC exam.

Besides Monoj, two other Bodo candidates also fared very well in the HS exams this year. Padmaja Mushahary from Gossaigaon subdivision in Kokrajhar and a student of Cotton College, Guwahati secured 10th position in the arts stream while Judumoni Deka Boro was came 10th in the commerce stream.

The excellent scores of Monoj and the other two Bodo students have been hailed by different organisations.

In his congratulatory message, Bodoland Territorial Council chief Hagrama Mohilary said the success of the three students would encourage the others to study hard.

The Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS) and All Bodo Students’ Union (Absu), too, hailed the achievements of the three students.

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