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President Kovind commends Bodo Sahitya Sabha for strengthening Bodo language and culture


President of India Ram Nath Kovind graced the 61st Annual Bodo Sahitya Sabha Conference in Tamulpur, Assam on Wednesday May 4, 2022.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the atmosphere of harmony and peace in the region is growing with the joint efforts of the Union government and the state governments of the North East region. He noted that development work has an important role in this change. He appreciated the central government, state governments and residents of the region for this change.

The President noted that the month of May is very important for the Bodo people as they remember Bodofa Upendra Nath Brahma on May 1, which is the anniversary of his death. He said Bodofa had spread the message of “live and let live”. His message of maintaining harmony with all communities while being mindful of Bodo pride will always be relevant.

The President appreciated Bodo Sahitya Sabha for his invaluable contribution over the past 70 years to strengthening the Bodo language, literature and culture. He said Bodo Sahitya Sabha Founding President Joy Bhadra Hagzer and General Secretary Sonaram Thesen have made commendable efforts to recognize the Bodo language. This Sabha also played an important role in the use of the Bodo language as a medium of school instruction and its place in higher education.

The President noted that so far, 17 writers have received the Sahitya Akademi awards for their work in the Bodo language. And of this number, 10 were rewarded for a work of poetry. This shows the natural inclination towards poetry among Bodo writers. He was happy to see that many women are writing in different genres of Bodo literature. But it has also been observed that only two women are among the senior writers who received the Sahitya Akademi award for original works, he said. He urged “Bodo Sahitya Sabha” to encourage women writers. He said that to keep any literature alive and relevant, the involvement of the younger generation is very important. Therefore, special encouragement should also be given to young writers by Bodo Sahitya Sabha.

The President was pleased to see that works from other languages ​​are being translated into the Bodo language with great enthusiasm. He said that’s the hallmark of any vibrant literary community. He expressed his belief that such translated literature would give readers of the Bodo language an opportunity to familiarize themselves with other Indian languages ​​as well as world literature.

The President said that the conservation and promotion of local languages ​​is the responsibility of society and government. He called on the government of Assam to make efforts to promote the Bodo language.

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