WORLD BODO HISTORICAL SOCIETY
|Seminar on Bodo history: The 2nd international workshop-cum-seminar on Bodo history. Jun 17, 2012|
|Organised by the World Bodo Historical Society, the three-day programme was attended by scholars of greater Bodo groups from different areas, including those from Nepal, Bangladesh, Tripura, West Bengal, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Assam, present papers on different aspects and subjects related to Bodo history.
“The society was formed for reconstruction of the history of the Bodo community, whose members are now spread in different parts of the globe,” said Sansuma Kunggur Bwiswmuthiary, MP and secretary-general of the society. Inaugurating the seminar, Dr Kameswar Brahma, president of Bodo Sahitya Sabha, lauded the efforts of Bodo scholars and historians in carrying out the work.
“The venture to reconstruct and rewrite Bodo history by deconstructing various misleading historical sources, distorted statements and opinions made by some biased scholars and historians about the historical status of Bodo people, is a Herculean task. There is a need to collect more information from various sources and compile an authentic history of our community. The process of rewriting the Bodo history has already been set in motion by scholars and experts from the community and this workshop-cum-seminar is another effort in this regard,” Bwiswmuthiary said.
Inaugurating the seminar, Dr Kameswar Brahma, president of Bodo Sahitya Sabha, said, reconstructing and rewriting history is a difficult task but we have to do the needful. He lauded the efforts of Bodo scholars and historians in carrying out the work.
Prof. Anandagopal Ghosh, head of department of history, North Bengal University, said the Bodos had a glorious history, which needs to be highlighted through proper research. He said the foothills of the Himalayas were once the melting point of dominant ethnic groups of the Northeast.
“The Bodo groups with passage of time were separated, especially during colonial rule. Had the 18 duars that existed in undivided Goalpara and Jalpaiguri district not divided, the history of Bodos would have been different,” said Ghosh.
Bodoland Territorial Council deputy chief Kampa Borgoyary also attended the programme and released the World Bodo Historical Society journal. Prasanta Tripura, retired professor, Jahangir University, Bangladesh, Ranjit Kr. Borgoyary, president,
All-Assam Tribal Sangha and Mohan Lal Brahma, vice-chancellor of Bodoland University, were also present. Source: Telegraphindia: Jun 17, 2012 –