JORHAT, Jan 16: The much-awaited Assam Mahotsav was inaugurated by Forest Man of India Jadav Payeng at the JDSA field here on Thursday. Payeng making a plea for a pollution free earth, said that the government should have a scheme for planting trees with little economic value so that they are not cut down.
The international borders with China, Myanmar and Bangladesh should especially be defined by planting of such trees by both the countries so that the timber smugglers are not tempted to cut down these trees in ground zero. “Afforestation can be successful only if trees like Ahot and the like are planted,” he said.
He further made a plea to incorporate the study of nature and environmental science in the school curriculum with practical application. “Unless one loves and respects the environment and eco system in which one lives, mother Earth cannot sustain life. If nature is destroyed the consequence will be destruction of all civilisations and their culture,” he said. Prasenjit Rajkhowa, member, Intandem, said that the culture of a place signified the identity of a people.
In this context the Assam Mahotsav stressed on culture to preserve and protect the jaati, maati and bheti of Assam.
Rajkumar Duarah stated the objectives of the Assam Mahotsav which was mainly promotion of culture and providing a platform for sale of indigenous products. Among those who also lit the traditional lamp were Sattriya artiste Tankeswar Barbayan, Assam’s first National Institute of Sports coach in Athletics Mohan Borah and Bokota based Mohan Saikia who will conduct the Bamboo craft workshop. About 60 stalls have been erected with a separate row for indigenous handlooms and handicrafts.