UDALGURI, May 20 – “Without the development and full utilization of vernacular medium, we cannot think of existence of our race. There are instances of extinction of many languages in the world now which are the examples to show that the people speaking these extinct languages too lost their existence in the world.”
This was said by Nilakanta Goyari, president of Udalguri district Bodo Sahitya Sabha while addressing an assembly of teachers, parents and students at the Bishnu Rabha Kristi Sangha premises here at Udalguri town on May 18 on the occasion of 50 years of introduction of Bodo medium in the schools of Assam.
Goyari also observed that not only the Bodos, but the Assamese fraternity too should take it seriously and the Asam Sahitya Sabha and All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) should come forward to make the government make the state language compulsory in all respects.
He also praised the role being played by the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) which launched Mission Quality Education and has been demanding separate directorate for the Bodo medium for its overall development saying that the Bodos have been demanding it as their right under the constitutional provision and the government must fulfill it at the earliest.
The meeting chaired by Nilakanta Goyari was also addressed by Bhojen Ch Boro, secretary of Bodo Sahitya Sabha, Nabin Malla Boro, senior teacher and Sahitya Akademi awardee, Luke Daimari, principal ofUdalguri College, Dipen Boro, among others.