The Telegraph
Wednesday , June 13 , 2012
Since 1st March, 1999
CIMA Gallary

Bodoland struggle to continue, says Absu

Kokrajhar, June 12: The influential All Bodo Students Union (Absu) is not giving up its struggle for Bodoland.

Speaking at the silver jubilee celebrations of Bodoland Martyrs Day at Mwiderkhoro field in Kokrajhar today, Absu president Promode Boro said the struggle for Bodoland would continue.

“There is no question of stopping our fight for Bodoland. We have every right to get a separate state according to Article 2 and 3 of the Constitution. Bodoland will be a reality,” Boro said.

The Absu president came down heavily on the state government for neglecting the plight of the indigenous people. He alleged that the government had not even implemented 20 per cent of the rights owed to tribal people. “We all know that tribal belts and blocks where more than 50 per cent of the population comprised indigenous people were marked for Bodoland. But how come tribal people who were the majority in these areas have now become the minority? The state government has neglected the Bodos and the tribals,” he said.

“We have never been safe in Assam. No mainstream organisations or intellectuals in the state raised a voice when hundreds of people were killed in the Bodo belt. There were no reactions, no action. So, we want to bid farewell to Assam,” he said.

Boro said the demand for Bodoland was based on the tribal blocks of the state and there should not be any misunderstanding regarding the statehood demand. Every community’s language, culture and religion would remain protected in the proposed Bodoland, he said.

The Absu leader also slammed the non-Bodo organisations, saying they were trying to stoke misunderstandings. He also warned the leaders of non-Bodo organisations. “If you have a problem with the government on development issues, demand it from the government but don’t attack or blame a community.”

Echoing Boro, Absu adviser Nwngwra Narzary said factionalism, if left unchecked, would destroy the state.

Bodo Sahitya Sabha president Kameswar Brahma, too, voiced his concerns against the Bodo-Ana Bodo (non-Bodo) politics. He said the Bodo Sahitya Sabha would always be optimistic on Bodoland.