By Rakhao Basumatary

An eminent personality, writer, conferred with Sahitya Akademi Award in Children Literature (Bal Sahitya Puraskar) in Bodo language, Haricharan Boro (born on 1st April 1946, died on 29th November 2016) started his career as a teacher in Simbargaon High School and then, he joined in the Department of Economics & Statistics, Goverment of Assam and retired in 2004. He also served as OSD - Planning in BTC since 2005. It is stated that after retirement he made remarkable contribution in literature including Okhrangma Isingao (Inside the Universe) for which he was awarded Sahitya Akademi Award (Bal Sahitya Puraskar) in 2012. This book of Children Literature written in Bodo language is indeed useful for students. He was associated with various social organisations and Bodo Sahitya Sabha.

His contributions will be remembered by us. I met him at Kokrajhar when he was President of a literary organization, namely Bodo Employees’ Literary Society, Kokrajhar for the period of 2002-04. As a President he was quite capable who wrote up many beautiful poems in the annual poetry magazine, namely ‘Khonthaimala’. He was an aesthetic poet and wrote lyrical poems. His contributions in literature will be valued by us. Actually he was the ablest officer and for this reason he was appointed by the BTC authority as planning officer in their office. So he contributed in many important works in BTC as known personality. As a writer he is known well by matured people, but it is true that his contributions are not well discussed by literary critics. He wrote up many books on poetry, biography, story, prose, etc. The biographical work is praiseworthy, which is written on life and work of Albert Einstein in Bodo language. He wrote travelogue also and published about Israel country. He wrote up about the scientific invention so that our young leaners get good treasure about scientific invention and development. He has decent contribution on ‘Phithikha’ - a quarterly literary magazine published by Phithikha Group.

The literary contributions made by Haricharan Boro are more than 7 in number, but in summing up, following are to be mentioned for reference, year-wise, which are written in Bodo language:

1.Okhrangma Isingao (2008)
2.Albert Einstein (2012)
3.Israel (2012)
4.Egypt Ni Gajam Jarimin Arw Harimu (2013)
5.Pyramid Arw Daminari (2013)
6.Gubun Hadorao Daobainai (2015)
7.A Poetry collection (2016)

We have lost a great and dedicated personality, but he will be remembered by us for his contributions made in the field of social deeds. His contributions will be earmarked by the people of North-East India. His ideological personality will remain with us. Let’s translate his dreams into practice. I pay homage to his great soul.

About the contributor: Mr. Rakhao Basumatary, born to Lt. Athoni Basumatary (Mother) and Lt. Pramad Ch. Basumatary (Father) on 13th January, 1966 is MA in English and Post Graduate Teacher in Higher Secondary School with 19 years of experience. He is interested in creative literature and criticism literature. He is Ex-President, BWA also.

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