Pokamura Pothar (JAMUGURIHAT), Feb 24 – Calling upon the people to get involved in the process of building a greater Assamese nation, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday said that unity in diversity is a must for proper development. The Chief Minister came to the Pokamura Pothar at Jamugurihat to inaugurate the historic Barechaharia Bhaona Bhavan which has been funded to the tune of Rs 1 crore by the Assam Tourism Department to keep alive the Vaishnavite culture propagated by Assamese saint-reformer Srimanta Sankardeva. “Srimanta Sankardeva dreamt of a greater Assamese nation in which people, irrespective of caste and creed, could live and that has been beautifully reflected today at Pokamura Pothar as people from different communities including Adivasi, Nepali, Bodo, Mising, etc., are participating in the event which is a good sign,” Gogoi said, adding that Sankardeva was not only a spiritual person but also a great social reformer who always endeavoured to keep every caste and creed in unity.
The Chief Minister observed that Bhaona was the brainchild of Sankardeva. It is a dramatisation of Hindu mythology. Sankardeva used this as a tool to preach his Vaishnavite ideology of the supremacy of the good over evil and and existence of one supreme power. He further added that the people of Jamugurihat conceived the idea of holding the Barechaharia Bhaona as a show of strength and solidarity. This show of group cohesion has flourished as a stunning display of ‘Naat Bhaona’ and in the greater interest of a conducive atmosphere in the society, this culture should be maintained in a proper manner, he added.
Referring to the unmatched contributions made by Vaishnavite cultural icon Sonit Konwar Gajen Baruah, the Chief Minister added one must follow the ideology of a great social figure like Baruah to check social unrest and disturbances.
Earlier, Gogoi visited the main pandal of the four-day Barechaharia Bhoana designed with altogether 21 kholas (Bhaona stages). Addressing a gathering there, he stressed the need of strengthening the diverse cultures of the State.
In his welcome address, Sootea MLA and president of the Barechaharia Bhaona Padma Hazarika stated that the Barechaharia Bhaona has been playing a major role in bridging the gap among people of different castes and communities. The organisers said that a cultural rally would be taken out tomorrow and a temporary monikut would be installed.