GUWAHATI, Feb 18 - The Society for Srimanta Sankaradeva has called for promotion of the ideals of the Vaishnavite saint Srimanta Sankaradeva to safeguard the State from all inter ethnic conflicts. Expressing concern over the increasing incidence of ethnic conflicts in the State, the society said that the saint is a unifying factor for Assam and his ideology can build the bridge of amity and unity amongst all communities in the State.
The society has also demanded incorporation of life and works of Srimanta Sankaradeva in the curriculum at both national and state
level. Dr Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti, the president of the Society for Srimanta Sankaradeva said that life and works of Srimanta Sankaradeva have not been put in curriculum by NCERT properly in spite of repeated appeals for that.
“It is very important that the students get to learn about the saint right from class VI or VII itself,” said Dr Borkakoti. He also said that the educational institutions set up in Assam in the name of Srimanta Sankaradeva should be true to their names and teach their students about the saint. He lamented that many people were using the name of Srimanta Sankaradeva to promote own economic interest only.
On the other hand, another member of the Society, eminent author Imran Hussain opined that non-inclusion of life and works of Srimanta Sankaradeva in curriculum has hurt the sentiment of people in Assam.
Dr Pradip Mahanta, secretary of Batadrava Than Parichalana Samiti has stressed on the young generation knowing about the rich heritage of Sattra culture. He said that incorporation of life and works of Srimanta Sankaradeva in curriculum is long overdue.
Dr Buljit Buragohain, member of the society said that the Society for Srimanta Sankaradeva was formed by a group of people who had gathered first in Facebook. A group named ‘Followers of Srimanta Sarnkaradeva’ had been formed there to spread the message of the saint. Society for Srimanta Sankaradeva was registered by a section of that group. The society has already launched three websites to spread the message of Srimanta Sankaradeva, he said. Eminent artist and Borgeet singer Amal Mahanta has made a fervent appeal to the schools and institutions to keep a portrait of Srimanta Sankaradeva to generate awareness amongst the young generation.