Development of science and technology in the 21st century has made the human life much easier to carry out daily activities. This has also open up many avenues to explore and work for the development of human beings. Moreover, the invention of internet by the science has bestowed us another blessing for make the humanlife much easier to connect, communicate and store the information. This also help us to acquire knowledge on almost all the fields by accessing the data store in the internet. The information has become almost free in this contemporary society due to the internet. This is also helping many individuals to empower themselves. Internet is widely used nowadays from the domestic activities to the corporate world, in the school to the government offices. It is extensively used in educating people formally and informally. It has also help to the preserve and develop the language and literature. nobis.
In the era of technology, the Bodo Sahitya Sabha is also entered in the digital world and working to make the Bodo language and literature digital. The organization has started the “E-Thunlai”, a project to digitalise and enrich the Bodo language and literature. This project will help the Bodo and other non-Bodo speaking people to learn Bodo language and also can explore the digital storage of Bodo language, literature and art. Another important project of the organization is the digital platform “The Bihung”. This is an online dictionary available in the internet or World Wide Web and accessed through a web browser using a computer or a mobile device, primarily by typing a query term into a search box on the site by accessing the web page “www.bihung.org”. This web page is also designed as “android mobile application” for mobile devices which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.The aim of this project is to make auto-translation of Bodo language to other languages and other language to Bodo language, audio-pronunciation, text-to-speech, speech-to-text in the digital platforms. This is an ambitious project of Bodo Sahitya Sabha.
A brief history Bodo Sahitya Sabha
Linguistically the Bodos include includes/a large group of people who are the speakers of TibetoBurman speeches of the North and East Bengal, Assam and Burma. They are the Bodos or Boros of theBrahmaputra Valley. They are known as Meches in lower Assam, West Bengal and Nepal and alsoknown as Rabhas, Garos, Dimasas and Kacharis, Lalungs, Sonowals, Misings, Deoris, Chutias, Madahis,Ramcha, Thengal in Assam and Tipras in Tripura.Hence Bodo is a general term, which is the generic name of the people, it means all theTibeto-Burman (Bodo) speaking group of the Sino-Tibeto origin.
The Bodo speaking areas of Assam at present are stretching from Dhubri in the West to Sadiyain the East. In Tripura and Nagaland also a small number of the Boros or Boro-Kacharis are found tohave been living. In Jalpaiguri and other adjacent districts of west Bengal, in Dimapur and adjacentareas of Nagaland, the Boros are knowns as Mech.
The Boros, once were powerful and dominant race in the entire Northern and North-EasternIndia are at present struggling for their barest existence.Racially the Bodos, the earliest knownethnic group to inhabit to Assam (erstwhile Pragiyotishpur and Kamrupa) with their distinctive cultureand linguistic traits belong to the Mongoloid stock of the Indo Mongoloids or Indo-Tibetans
With a view to developing Bodo language and literature, specially to establish Bodo languageas medium of instruction, a literary organization was formed by the then educated youths of Dhubri inthe name and style of Bodo Literary Club, Dhubri on 17th July,1952 with Birendra Narayan BrahmaPatgiri as the President and Rajendra Nath Brahma as the Secretary. Formation of this organizationmay be termed as the turning point of the Bodo language and literature. Because, under the initiationof that organization, present Bodo Sahitya Sabha (Boro Thunlai Afad) was formed on 16th November,1952. The Founder President of Bodo Sahitya Sabha was JaybhadraHagjer and General secretary wasSonaramThaosen. Since inception till today, it has been struggling for the development and survivalof Bodo language and literature and hence, it can be truly said " The History of Bodo Sahitya Sabha isthe History of Struggles". In India, education is the state subject and so, soon after formation of theSabha, it had raised demands before the provincial Govt. of Assam to implement mother tongueBodo language as the medium of instruction, but the Govt, did not pay heed to the demands. So,having no alternative, the Sabha had decided and started its democratic movement from the monthof December, 1952. The demand was raised on the plea of the Constitution of India to providefacilities to the children to earn education through mother tongue in the primary level as perprovisions provided under section 350(A) of the Indian Constitution. The provincial Govt. of Assam didnot take the needful, for fulfilling the demands of Bodo Sahitya Sabha for long ten years. Lastly, theHonourable Chief Minister of Assam, Bimala Prasad Chaliha declared Bodo language as the medium of instruction for the primary level in the meeting held in the field of Kokrajhar High School on 18th May, 1963 and since then 18th May is being observed by the Bodo Sahitya Sabha as Bodo Medium Implementation Day (बर’ बिजों सान)
The Bodo Sahitya Sabha has been working for the development of Bodos in the various aspects since its formation. This organization is the backbone of the Bodo community and rigorously working on the survival and prosperity of its people. Apart from the addressing the social issues this organization is working tirelessly for the development of Bodo language and literature since its formation. The organization has a publication board named “Bodo Publication Board” and a “Library” its own. This organization publishes an annual mouthpiece “The Bodo” a multi-lingual magazine and also with the same nomenclature a Bodo language literary magazine quarterly. Apart from the annual and quarterly mouthpieces so far this organization published many books, journals, dictionaries, periodicals, glossaries on various subjects etc. Moreover, the organization organizes international, national seminars, workshops on Bodo language, culture and art. The organization also collaborate with Sahitya Akademy, India.