Magh Bihu is not confine to Assam only these days. The much vaunted festival seems to have gone beyond the geographical boundaries at the initiatives of a section of Assamese people residing outside.
Mention may be made of Bangaluru where the festival was celebrated at the Goan resort Palolem Tree House on January 16.
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It was named as Aamez-the Eastern Carnival of Unity.
The main idea of Aamez was to celebrate Magh Bihu in a different way keeping all traditional aspects unchanged.
The two days carnival began with a cultural exchanging with Goa. These are apart from Bihu dance, Goan Traditional Balance Dance Act and Indian Classical Fusion music. The harvest feast included all traditional items that drew appreciation from all quarters.
People from Bangalore, Goa, Thane, Jodhpur, Belgium, Russia, Poland etc participated in the first season of Aamez.
Assam Congress in rank and file have gone all out against Kamakhya Prasad Tasa a day after the Jorhat Lok Sabha MP called Gandhi and Nehru garbage.
Many Congressleaders and workers hit the streets in Guwahati demanding an apology from Tasa alleging that the BJP MP has lost his mental balance.
Many Congressworkers have demanded immediate arrest of the BJP leader calling it s national shame. In his social media status, Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi has condemned Tasa and demander public apology for his remark on the father of the nation.
“This is more than a shame to have heard it from the mouth of a BJP MP. In fact, Tasa has no study. He is unqualified. He needs to be arrested,” said Tarulata Gogoi, a Congressleader.
Bhadreswar Bakti, a tea tribe leader in Sivasagar said,” Tasa can speak anything since he has lost his mental balance. He needs treatment.
“Since I am not a Congressleader or worker, the issue should not be politicized. Let him face the music for his irresponsible comment.”
Tasa made the comment as he was addressing a public rally in Sonari on Saturday in presence of chief minister Sarbanabda Sonowal.
A volatile situation erupts in Lakhimpur on Thursday when thousands of people staged massive roadblock to prevent the trucks carrying big dam turbines from proceeding towards Gerukamukh.
From midnight on Thursday, the protesters led by KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi blocked the national highway defying security barricade to stop the movement of the trucks after it left Dholpur after a massive police-protester clash.
Lakhimpur Deputy Commissioner Anowaruddin Chaudhury rushed to the spot and urged Akhil Gogoi to clear the highway. But the KMSS leader made it plain that they would not allow the trucks to leave Lakhimpur. He urged the deputy commissioner to take up the massive protest with chief minister Tarun Gogoi and warned of dire consequences if security forces resort to blank firing and lathicharge to disperse the people on protest.
The deputy commissioner later assured Akhil Gogoi that the trucks would not leave Lakhimpur on Thursday. But the protesters are refusing to leave the National Highway leading to Gerukamukh bordering Arunachal Pradesh.
AASU, AJYCP, TMPK also joined the protest. Notably, many people sustained injury in Dhalpur on Wednesday when security forces sprang upon them for staging roadblock to force halt of the trucks carrying turbines meant for the NHPC owned big dams.