Media Trust, Assam yesterday observed ‘Bodofa’ Upendra Nath Brahma Memorial Day to pay tribute to the torch bearer of the Bodos in Assam. ‘Bodofa’ meaning Father of Bodos was a social activist and a political leader who fought for the upliftment of the Bodo community in Assam.
Brahma served as the president of the Goalpara District Student’s Union and as the vice-president of the All Bodo Students Union from 1981-1983. Born in Boragari village of Dotma, a small township at Kokrajhar district of Assam on 31st March 1956, Bodofa completed his M.Sc. in 1986. Brahma died on 1 May 1990 in Tata memorial cancer hospital Mumbai as a consequence of blood cancer. Since then 1 May is celebrated as ‘Bodofa Memorial Day’.
This year on the occasion of Bodofa Memorial Day, the Bodo Sahitya Sabha president said Upendra Nath Brahma was both a nationalist and a humanist. He dreamt of a greater Assamese society. Bodofa Brahma had dreamt of a separate Bodoland state only for the betterment of the bodo community. He was a leader of Bodos and other down trodden communities for the cause of Bodoland. Brahma had said that we must try to keep alive the thoughts and philosophy of UN Brahma to the nation as well as to the world.