Karbi National Convention in Diphu

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The endeavor of Karbi Cultural Society and Karbi literal body Karbi Lammet Amie (KLA) to unite the globally speckled Karbi community under a cultural banner began at Joysing Doloi memorial auditorium in Diphu.

Hundreds of delegates from Nagaon district, Nagaland, Cachar district, Karbies settled in bordering areas with Bangladesh, Sonitpur, Kamrup district joined the two day national convention.

Acclaimed erudite and former president of Assam Sahatya Sabha Padmashree Rongbong Terang inaugurated the Karbi National convention. Karbi customary King Harsing Ronghang, heads of Karbi customary traditional commandments, founder president of KSA Pratap Chandra Tokbi, president of Hemphu Mukrang Adorbar Lunsey Timung, Ex MLA and prolific Karbi lyricist Chandra Kanta Terang, Member of Autonomous Council were present in the inaugural session. Draft document of the convention was presented by president of Karbi Cultural Society Chandra Sing Kro.

Rongbong Terang expressed concern on the attempt of Assam government to segregate the Karbi community in various places of Assam and Northeast India instead of uniting them physically and culturally.

Terang said the purpose of this convention is to unite the Karbi population who have fallen apart from the mainstream population of the Karbi and formed the greater Karbi society.

Due to assimilation with other communities, Karbi Anglong has forgotten its language and culture, but the time has come that every Karbi will have to come together to shape the larger Karbi society.

However, the report resolution adapted in the meeting was not declared. The draft document revealed that the convention will adopt a motion to reduce hurdles between the Karbi populations settled in the 2 autonomous hill districts of Assam where they enjoy various privileges as Scheduled Tribes (Hills) in accordance with the provisions of the 6th Schedule of the Indian Constitution.

Sushanta Roy is a journalist in Assam, India, who photographs and writes about the people, animals and flora of Assam, and the things that affect them.