KOKRAJHAR, March 28: Bodofa Cultural Complex in Kokrajhar is all set to organise the second edition of Jothumma (Tribal Youth Conclave) with a three-day colorful program beginning on Tuesday. Over 300 delegates and representatives from 29 autonomous councils of the country are participating in the event which will continue till March 31 next.
Notably, the event has been organised by Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) government and the prominent participating autonomous councils include Ladakh, Kargil from Jammu & Kashmir, Karbi Anglong, Dima Hasao, Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), among others. Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) chief executive member Pramod Boro along with Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) executive council member (ECM) Pankoj Teron will be attending the event as the chief guest and special guest on the inaugural day of the event.
While talking to this correspondent on Monday, Bodoland Territorial Region executive member and chairman of organising committee of Jothumma, Daobaisa Boro informed that necessary arrangements and preparations have been completed for the Jothumma. He added that Kokrajhar is all set to accord a warm welcome to all the participants visiting Bodoland.
He further added, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. With the idea of inclusiveness and diversity, a youth conclave named Jothumma was organised in February 2019 by a group of like-minded youth of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) in Kokrajhar. The Jothumma which means a gathering of people coming from diverse backgrounds with their diverse thoughts; a platform for the youth to embrace, learn, exchange and express their ideas.”
“There are certain regions in India, which are governed by special provisions under the Fifth and Sixth Schedules of the Indian constitution. These areas are the hill regions of north-east India and the tribal inhabited ‘scheduled areas’ in the states. The Fifth and Sixth Schedules of the constitutions provide special provisions for the administration of scheduled areas and tribal areas in the country as well to give constitutional safeguard to the tribal communities,” Boro commented. He has exuded confidence that the program will be a huge success.
It is worth mentioning here that Jothumma is the first of its kind event which will witness participation from 13 autonomous councils from Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Ladakh, and West Bengal; including 6 hills districts of Manipur and 10 state statutory autonomous councils of Assam.