Magazine ignites hope in students

Oct. 14: In a belt torn by clashes and unrest, even a tiny creative initiative like a students’ wall magazine draws applause.

Goaded by the All Bodo Students Union, students in Kokrajhar put up a wall magazine at a community library this weekend.

The president of the Kokrajhar district unit of Absu, Bijay Basumatary, inaugurated the community library while senior Bodo scholar-cum-lecturer of District Institute of Education Training, Banduram Basumatary, unveiled the wall magazine on Saturday amid cheers from students.

The library currently has syllabus books for the school students.

“There is no reading habit among today’s youths. They are into illegal activities — taking up drugs, alcohol,” said Bijay and urged youths to make the best use of the library.

Parents agreed.

“If we look from the education point of view, there is a downfall. Youths are unable to do constructive and innovative work because of the prevailing tension. It is nice to see that the students’ union come up with such an idea,” said H. Brahma, a mother of two.