BATACHIPUR (DHEKIAJULI), Jan 9 - A four-day closing ceremony is being organised to celebrate the year-long golden jubilee programme of the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) that began in January last year in Kokrajhar. The closing ceremony will start from January 18 at ‘Banaswr Phwthar’ here.
A reception committee has been formed with local MLA Ashok Kumar Singhal as chief patron and Tezpur MP Ram Prashad Sharma, Minister Pallab Lochan Das, Barchala MLA Ganesh Limbu, Sotea MLA Padma Hazarika and former Tezpur MLA Rajen Barthakur as patrons. To support the reception committee, 42 sub-committees, including secondary committees like finance, publicity, souvenir, food, gate and pandal, exhibition, guest reception, transport, cultural, accommodation, volunteer, medical, decoration, etc., have been formed to make the programme a success.
Talking about the progress of preparatory works, working president of the reception committee Indra Kanta Boro said that despite a tough financial situation, the works are being carried on. “All the communities, including the members of Bodo society, have been extending their helping hand in making every programme successful till date,” he said.
Presenting an outline of the programme, ABSU president Pramud Boro said that the four-day event will start with the inaugural ceremony on the morning of January 18. It will be graced by renowned columnist and Editor of Shillong Times Patricia Mukhim, AASU chief adviser Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya, among others. This will be followed by the flag hoisting programme.
On January 19, a national conclave on ‘Tribal Struggle’ will be organised.
On the same day, a special felicitation programme will be organised to greet the families of the martyrs of the Bodoland Movement.
On January 20, the second delegates’ meeting of the NFNS national convention will be organised. It will be followed by a panel discussion on ‘Mission Master Race’. This session will be graced by Hydrabad University Professor Phanindra Goyari, Dean of Lakshmibai Institute of Physical Training Biswajit Basumatary, Head of the Department of Folklore of Guahati University Anil Boro, among others.
On the last day of the programme, a cultural demonstration will be organised in the morning and will be graced by Chandip Pandey as chief guest, while renowned mathematician and founder of Super 30 in Patna Dr Anand Kumar and Delhi University’s School of Sociology Professor Nandini Sundar will address the gathering.
This will be followed by an open session under the chairmanship of the ABSU president.