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    In A First, Assam MP Delivers Speech In Bodo Language In Rajya Sabha

    Guwahati, June 25, 2019

    Apparently, for the first time in the history of the Parliament, a Rajya Sabha MP from Assam spoke in Bodo language as he delivered his speech in the upper house of the Parliament.

    Rajya Sabha MP from Assam and Bodoland Peoples’ Front leader Biswajit Daimary spoke in his mother tongue as he addressed the House. Members of the Rajya Sabha had assembled to pay their vote of thanks to the President of India on June 20th, 2019.

    It may be mentioned here that the Rajya Sabha members are allowed to speak in any of the 22 languages, including the Bodo language, listed in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution. The decision was taken by Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu in June last year.

    Addressing the House, Daimary said, “Bodo is a rich language. This particular language is a storehouse of words in the entire world through which you can express any emotion or describe any object. However, we have not been able to reach out to a large section of people about this language. The researchers have not yet been able to determine from where and when the Bodo language originated.”

    He was first elected from 2008 to 2014. He was elected for a second term ending April 2020. “Bodo language is one of the oldest languages in the country and is widely spoken in many regions in Nepal, West Bengal, and Bangladesh,” he added.

    After concluding his speech in Bodo, Daimary also spoke in Hindi highlighting the richness of the language. Bodo is the official language of the Bodoland Autonomous region and a co-official language of the state of Assam.

    Daimary also spoke on the issue of insurgency in the Northeast. He said that insurgency being the biggest problem of the Northeast region needs a solution at the earliest. The MP demanded that insurgency be ended in the Northeast to effectively implement various programmes initiated by the government.

    Daimary also demanded the government to track the activities of the interlocutors and progress of peace talks with the rebel groups in the Northeast.


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