UDALGURI, June 29 – “Boroland, as demanded by the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB), will ensure security and rights of all linguistic ethnic groups living within this land and no one should have doubts regarding this,” said Govinda Basumatary alias B Swmkhwr, general secretary of National Democratic Front of Boroland (Progressive) while addressing a group of media persons of Bodoland Journalists’ Association here at the designated camp of the outfit at Chandana village under Udalguri PS today.
Narrating the logic behind a separate homeland for the Boros within the framework of the Constitution of India, the NDFB(P) general secretary observed that the demand was not a fresh one, rather it was raised since 1967 by the then PTCA which was revived from time to time by the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) also. The Boroland is a historical and political right of the indigenous Boros of this region and the Government of India must award it on due time, he observed. He also narrated how the outfit was divided into two halves after the fateful October 30 serial bomb blasts in the State and to get rid of all confusions regarding its identity, the pro talk faction of the outfit was recently rechristened as National Front of Boroland (Progressive) which was declared formally on Sunday.
Interacting with the mediapersons on the occasion, the general secretary of the NDFB(P) also said that the organisation has already held several rounds of talks with the Union government on the issue of the demand of a separate State and the outcome of these talks have been positive till date.
Replying to the queries of the mediapersons on the occasion, the NDFB (P) leader clarified its stand on the difference between the ABSU and the BPF on demand of separate Boroland as these two organizations too have revived the demand and said that “if the BPF has really demanded it, we should welcome it, but we don’t know what is in its mind and we welcome the revival of demand of separate State by the ABSU which will indeed work as pressure groups for the same.” When asked about anti talk faction chairman Ranjan Daimari’s stand on separate Boroland, the general secretary of the outfit said that Ranjan Daimari would not so easily concede to the demand of sovereignty and even if he comes, the NDFB(P) would accord welcome to him.
Earlier, B Bodosa, assistant publicity secretary of the outfit explained the purpose of the meet and introduced the leaders to the mediapersons. In his written address, B. Sunthangra alias Dhiren Boro, president of the outfit narrated the history of the struggle for a separate Boroland since 1986 and low after 19 years of protracted war the NDFB(P) came to truce with the government of India with a view to having resolution of the Indo-Boro problem through a political dialogue as a result of which the outfit consequently signed a ceasefire agreement on May 25 in 2005. He also clarified behind dropping the demand of sovereignty “after studying the mindset as well as the sentiment of the Boro people” and since then the NDFB(P) “has changed the strategy and adopted the ideology of creating a separate state- Boroland under Article 2 and 3 of the Indian Constitution.
The NDFB (P) also observed that “some mediapersons were seen practicing ‘biased and yellow journalism’ which was harmful to our land” and hoped that the press within Boroland shall think twice before writing anything that it may not harm the people and defend the right and the cause of the downtrodden and marginalized people of the region.
In his three page long address, the president of the outfit also observed that “there will be no peace in the region unless the issues raised by the Boro people through the NDFB are resolved.” He also appealed to all the people “to work united to bring the dream of Boroland into reality which is the only way to bring permanent peace in the region.”
Govinda Basumatary alias B Swmkhwr, general secretary of National Democratic Front of Boroland (Progressive) said that unless 100 constituencies out of 126 were not reserved for the indigenous tribes of Assam, the whole State would soon be dominated by the illegal Bangladeshi migrants.
This was said by the NDFB(P) general secretary while an interaction with the mediapersons here at the designated camp of the outfit here at Chandana village under Udalguri PS. Basumatary added that this was very necessary for the existence of the indigenous tribes in their homeland which is already partially captured by the illegal migrants. He also cited examples from Meghalaya, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh where the outsiders cannot enjoy the rights like buying land and contesting elections which could safeguard the rights of the indigenous people of these states and added that Assam should follow the same otherwise people of Assam would be converted into minority one day in near future.