POST TRUTH | EDITORIAL| 27 APRIL 2017
THE TRIPARTITE TALK between Union government, Assam government and Bodo leadership on Bodoland issue was held in New Delhi yesterday. The meeting, first tripartite talk after BJP came to power in the Centre, was chaired by Union Minister, Rajnath Singh and attended by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and State Minister, Chandan Mohan Patowary, besides Union Home Secretary Rajeev Mehrishi, State Chief Secretary VK Piersenia among others. The Bodo lelegation was led by All Bodo Students’ Union, National Democratic Front of Boroland (P) and two former members of Parliament. The government agreed to have agreed to take the matter forward but simultaneously lecturing on all round and inclusive development in the region. By emphasising on development, the Central government is actually attempting to give a hint that a separate state is not their priority. This ballistic shift in the political discourse has its genesis in the political leadership of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) who are begging for more financial lollipops as a result of which this genuine issue is treated like a non-political issue which can be resolved at an official level of talk. It is pertinent to remind the government that this five decades of struggle is not a mere negotiation for more schemes and projects, but a demand for fair share of Constitutional and democratic rights in order to govern the region and make their own political choices for the interest of all communities – present and future generations. Is the Union government reading what is being written on the walls of Bodoland- Divide Assam Fifty-Fifty?
गाहायनि रादाबखौव फरायब्ला बुजिना मोनोदि मिरु आरो आसाम सोरकारा ब’रनि जेंनाखोव गोसो गोथारै अरायनि थाखाय सुस्रांंनो गोसो गैया। मिरु सोरकारा बयबो हारि समान जोवगाथायनि सायावसो बारा नोजोर होदों बुंनो हायो। “The talks which lasted for around 40 minutes discussed in details the long pending issues raised by ABSU for a lasting solution. …Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the Government of India is committed to equal development of all communities following the Prime Minister’s mantra of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas. “We want equal development of all communities, including the Bodos. Our Government will take all out measures to ensure overall development of the Bodos living in Assam,” Singh said. …Expressing satisfaction over the progress made in the talks, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that the State Government is working for a united and powerful Assam with an aim to ensure inclusive development for one and all. “Our Government is working relentlessly for a united and prosperous Assam ensuring development of all communities. The Bodos are one of the most vibrant and significant communities of Assam and we are fully committed to their development” Sonowal said. (The Assam Tribune, 27 April 2017)
..ABSU president Pramod Bodo said that they have a long pending demand for a separate Bodoland to safeguard the art and culture and land rights of the Bodos. Talking to newsmen, ABSU president, Pramod Bodo said that Government of India has taken no initiative to protect the linguistic and cultural heritage of the Bodos (The Assam Tribune, 27 April 2017).