The International Bodo -Meche Literary and Cultural Integration Programme organized jointly by Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS), Meche Somaj Sibiyari Afad of Nepal and Meche Sahitya Sabha of Nepal at Meche Nwgwr, Dulabari in Jhappa district of Nepal concluded on Sunday last.
Representatives from Assam, West Bengal and Nepal strongly took part in the literary and cultural congregation.
On the concluding day on Sunday, the state home minister of Birat province Hikkmat Karki addressing before the gathering as chief guest said the government of Nepal had been looking after the problems and prospects of Meche people living in Jhappa district.
He said the literature and culture were two important components for a society. He praised the colorful cultural integration of Bodo and Meche people and hopes that it will enhance the emotional attachment of people of Bodo people.
He also said the government of Nepal will work for the development of Meche community in Nepal and they will collect every shortcoming through Municipal aimistration and will carry out proper survey to fulfill the primary needs.
Karki said for the protection and development of Meche -Bodo language, the government of Nepal will soon introduce Meche-Bodo language in primary school as one of language subjects. He hoped that the exchange of literature and culture of Bodo and Meche will boost the relationship of Bodo people as a whole.
Associate professor of Gauhati University Dr Anil Boro said the Meche people of Nepal had been preserving the worship of Bathou, the aboriginal religion of the Bodos and they are also protecting Bodo language. He, however, said the young generation was seen to be diluting from their origin.
He said the use of Bodo language by upcoming generation was declining and they used to speak Nepali while the traditional dress ‘Dokhona’ is also declining. He further said the Meche people should survive with their own identity and culture and young generation must speak Bodob language to protect its dialect.
The open meeting which was inaugurated by the general secretary of the ABSU Lawrence Islary was jointly chaired by the president of BSS Taren Boro and president of Boro -Meche Somaj Sibiyari Afad Rupesh Meche.
The meeting was addressed by Hikkmat Karki, home minister of Birat province of Nepal, MPs of Nepal Kumari Meche and Ram Karki, BTC EM Ansumwi Khunggur Boro and other dignitaries.
The programme was also attended by MLAs of Assam -Thaneswar Basumatary and Moheswar Boro; retired commissioners, government of Assam – Jiten Borgoyary and MC Brahma, Director of Education, BTC Rabi Shankar Borgoyary, advisor of ABSU Moneswar Daimary, vice president of UBPO Gambaru Basumatary and others.
Various cultural troupes from BTC, West Bengal, Nepal and other parts presented colorful cultural demonstration.
Earlier, the president of the BSS Taren Boro hoisted the organizational flag of the sabha while Rupesh Meche, president of Meche Somaj Sibiyari Afad hoisted it’s organizational flag in the morning. In the three days programme, the delegates from BTC, West Bengal and Nepal discussed different issues of the Bodo people and also discussed various problems besides resolving to introducing Bodo language in the primary schools in that country.