UDALGURI, Jan 28 – “I like books but for last thirty years I have not been able to go through books. Reading two or three lines, I leave them. During student life, I read a good number of books in Bengali,” said Pramila Rani Brahma, Agriculture Minister of Assam. She was addressing the closing ceremony of week-long sixth Bodoland book fair, which concluded on Sunday here at Udalguri Durga Puja pandal, as the chief guest.
The closing ceremony chaired by Rihon Daimari, PHE Minister of the State and chairman of bookfair management committee was also addressed by Taren Boro, vice-president of Bodo Sahitya Sabha as appointed speaker. In his speech, Boro termed book fairs as a blessing to the people of BTC. He also praised the noble initiative of holding book fairs every year by the BTC authority in Bodoland region and hoped that such initiatives would surely help to create an intellectual population in the region.
BSS vice-president also observed that the demand for books written in regional languages have seen decreasing trend against the increasing trend of English books. He also informed that the Bodo language dictionary is under process and will be put on the website in association with Central Institute for Indian languages (CIIL). The meet was also addressed by Mitharam Basumatary, EM of BTC, among many others.
Earlier, Singharam Boro, EM of BTC for Library inaugurated the closing ceremony. In his inaugural speech, Boro said BTC authority has decided to hold book fairs every year in all the four districts of BTC region simultaneously. He also informed that all the four districts of BTC region will have a district library each in the days to come.
Among many others, the meeting was attended by Kamala Kanta Boro, general secretary of BSS, Purna Kanta Daimari, deputy speaker of BTC. NC Boro offered votes of thanks.
The weeklong six bodoland bookfair which got under way from January 21 last at Udalguri received a good response from public schools and colleges of Bodoland region.