Sahitya Akademi award winning top Assam cops represent India in London Book Fair, 2017

6 days ago | 20-03-2017 | IBNS

Guwahati, Mar 20 : Sahitya Akademi award winning Assamese top cops, who conducted several counter insurgency operation against few militant groups in Assam in past three decades, recently represented India at the London Book Fair, 2017.

The award winning writer Kuladhar Saikia, who is also the Special Director General of Police (Law and Order) of Assam, is equally at ease tackling militants and literary conflicts between the small tribal groups in Assam.

If we lose less spoken languages, we have lost indigenous cultures, knowledge and many things of the small tribal groups. The modern world has already lost so many less spoken languages and several are most endangered. We need to preserve these endangered languages and London Book Fair like forums must to think about it. If less spoken languages are to be preserved, then it will help to reduce conflict among the small indigenous groups, Kuladhar Saikia said.

The 1985-batch IPS officer, who represented India with four others Sahitya Akademi award winning writers at the world famous book fair said that, few less spoken languages in Assam and North East India are now endangered.

The top Assam cops also appealed to include Assamese language in internet Unicode.

Along with the other four Dr SL Bhyrappa, Yese Dorji Thongchi, Arundhathi Subramaniam and Dr Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari, 58-year old Kuladhar Saikia took part in the Symposium on Indian Writing Today at Apex Room, National Hall Gallery on March 14, first day of the book fair.

He also spoke in the session titled My World, My Writing at English PEN Literary Salon on March 16, last day of the book fair.

Writing over 20 books, Saikia was awarded Sahitya Akademi award in 2015 for his book Akashar Chhabi Aru Anyanya Galpa and also won the prestigious Munin Borkotoky award, Kotha award.

(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)