President Ram Nath Kovind was in the State to grace the 61st annual conference of Bodo Sahitya Sabha at Tamulpur in Baksa district of Assam in the first week of May.
The President appreciated Bodo Sahitya Sabha for making invaluable contributions for the past 70 years in strengthening the Bodo language, literature and culture. Mr Kovind said that conservation and promotion of local languages are India’s First Citizen falls in love with Assam the responsibility of the society and the government. He appealed to the Government of Assam to make efforts to promote Bodo language.
The President recalled with pride Bodofa Upendra Nath Brahma and his message of “live and let live”. “His message of maintaining harmony with all communities while conscious of Bodo self-pride will be forever relevant,” the President said while addressing the people.
He was all praises for the Central Government and the governments of the north eastern States for creating an atmosphere of harmony and peace in the region. Among those present on the occasion were Assam Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi, Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang, Speaker of the Assam Legislative Assembly Biswajit Daimary,
Assam Cabinet Minister UG Brahma, BTR CEM Pramod Boro, et al. The President was all praises for the Sabha while recalling the contribution of stalwarts such as Joy Bhadra Hagjer and Sonaram Thaosen. “This Sabha has also played an important role in the use of Bodo language as the medium of school education and place in higher education,” he said.
This visit to the State was second in quick succession for the First Citizen of the country coming as it did on the back of his visit to Assam on February 25 to commemorate the 400th anniversary celebration of Ahom General Lachit Borphukan. He also took time out to visit the Kaziranga National Park with the First Lady after addressing the 19th convocation of Tezpur University. The visit of President Kovind to Assam twice during the span of three months reinforces his love for Assam and its people.