The election of former Assam Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia as the president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha has been recognised as significant at the time when the Assamese community has been vehemently opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act, which is a threat to the cultural and linguistic identity of the community.
The apex literary body founded in 1917 has been playing a vital role in protecting the linguistic and cultural identity of the greater Assamese community.
As a cop, Saikia has a benefit of the location and the situation. He can understand how to lead the organisation in shaping public opinion in safeguarding his own community. It is pertinent to be mentioned that the Assamese community has been historically fighting for its existence.
Keeping aside this topic, the body under his leadership can also create an atmosphere of reading habit among the students basically.
However, the present situation of the state will put extra pressure as the body’s stand and action on the Act issue will be recognised as important.
Asam Sahitya Sabha is not just a body, it is the guardian of the Assamese community which has been continuously standing by the community since its inception. The body holds a lot of relevance not just as a promoter of good literature but also as a leading mass organisation in moulding healthy public opinion in these strife-torn days.
It is expected that the new president of the body will be able to lead the organisation in the right direction and will work for the protection and preservation of the Assamese languages and the dialects.
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