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Biographical Sketch
Member of Parliament
14 th Lok Sabha


Constituency : Kokrajhar (ST) ( Assam )

Party : Independent (Ind.)

Father’s Name Late Shri Bwrai Mahajwn Bwiswmuthiary
Mother’s Name Late Smt. Ishari (Ashagi) Bwiswmuthiary
Date of Birth 1 January 1960
Place of Birth Vill. Goybari (Mongolian Bazar), Distt. Erstwhile Kokrajhar and Bongaigaon (now Chirang under earlier undivided Goalpara district, Bodoland (Assam)
Marital Status Married
Date of Marriage 18 February 1981
Spouse’s Name Smt. Uttara Bwiswmuthiary
No. of Sons 4
Educational Qualifications B.A. (Hons. in Political Science), Prabin (Hindi)
Educated at Ouabari Lower Primary School, Hashraobari, Borobazar High School, Bijni, Kokrajhar College, under Guwahati University and the Assam Rashtra Bhasha Prachar Samiti, Guwahati (Assam)
Profession Agriculturist , Political & Social Worker , Teacher
Permanent Address Vill. Kathalguri, P.O. Haloadal via Kokrajhar
Distt. Kokrajhar, Bodoland -783 374 (Assam)
(03661) 270760

Present Address 7, Ferozeshah Road
New Delhi - 110 001
Tels. (011) 23782979, 23782406, 9868180649 (M)

Positions Held

May-Nov. 1993 Chief, erstwhile Bodoland Autonomous Council, Assam
(having State Cabinet Minister status) (which has subsequently become present day Bodoland Territorial Council)
1998 Elected to 12th Lok Sabha
1998-99 Member, Committee on Home Affairs

Member, Committee on the Welfare of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes

Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs
1999 Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
1999-2000 Member, Committee on Home Affairs
1999-2001 Member, Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
2000-2004 Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs
2004 Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha (3rd term)

Member, Committee on Home Affairs

Member, Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region
Literary Artistic & Scientific Accomplishments
Member, Central Working Committee, Bodo Sahitya Sabha, 1981-83; actively involved in persuading the Government headed by Late Shri Hiteswar Saikia to accord Associate Official Language Status to Bodo language in Assam in 1984-85 during tenure as the General-Secretary of the All Bodo Students’ Union; active in publication of Bodo Journals and Bodo Newspapers; played pioneering political role in persuading the NDA Government at the Centre headed by Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee to take initiatives to help include the Bodo language in the 8th Schedule to the Constitution of India through the passage of the Constitution (One-Hundredth Amendment) Bill, 2003 on 22 December, 2003 and also to create present day Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD) and Bodoland Territorial council in Assam in 2003 in pursuance of the New Bodo Accord signed between the Union Governemnt , the State Government of Assam and the Bodo Liberation Tigers (BLT) on 10 February, 2003.

Social And Cultural Activities
Worked for socio-economic upliftment of the down-trodden Bodos and other tribes; worked actively to enforce prohibition and took up other social causes of the oppressed employees, labourers, farmers, women, children and landless people right since student days; worked for betterment of the Bodo society and creating social awareness among the indigenous Bodos of Assam; Founder, (i) All Assam Tribal Women’s Welfare Federation (AATWWF); (ii) All Bodo Samaj Durbar, 1990, which took up socio-economic issues and causes of Bodos; (iii) All Bodo Employees` Federation (ABEF); (iv) Dularai Bodo Harimu Afat (All Bodo Cultural Association/Forum); (v) Erstwhile Bodo People`s Human Rights and Civil Liberties; and (vi) One of the Ideologue Founders of the All Bodo Farmers` Association formed in 2001 (DUBBA).
Special Interests
Bodo Culture (in particular, music and dance traditional theatres and Bodo Cinemas etc.) and deeply interested in preservation of Bodo cultural heritage, custom and tradition and Bodo costumes and dresses; actively persuading the concerned Government authorities especially the Ministries of Textiles and Commerce to take concrete action plans to develop the Bodos` indigenous Eri (Indi) and Muga Sector alongwith the improvement of technology and to patronize the export of the Bodos` Eri and Muga based handloom products

Favourite Pastime and Recreation
Reading books on Ethno-Political, Socio-Cultural-linguistic and literary works and on the movements relating to the question of autonomy and political right to self-determination of the indigenous and tribal people across the globe; horticulture

Sports and Clubs
Football and badminton; actively involved in campaigning for the promotion of football and other indigenous tribal games and sports among the younger generation in the Bodo-tribal society

Countries Visited
Australia, Bhutan, Canada, Nepal, Thailand, United Kingdom and U.S.A. Participated in (i) the 53rd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly in New York in 1998 as a member of the non-official delegation; (ii) the International Conference of the UN Working Group on the Indigenous and Tribal People held in Geneva in 1999; (iii) the International Workshop on `Innovative Urban Management` in Sydney and Bangkok under the auspices of the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, a New Delhi based international NGO and HUDCO, New Delhi; and (iv) joined the contigent of Air India headed by the then Union Minister of Civil Aviation Syed Shahnawaz Hussain on the occasion of Air India`s to and fro Maiden (Inaugural) Flight on Guwahati-Bangkok International Sector`.
Other Information
President, General Secretary and Advisor, All Bodo Students’ Union; and the Chief Convenor, Bodo People’s Action Committee; launched the movement for attaining Statehood for Bodoland within the Indian Union through peaceful and democratic means and struggled consistently to ensure the survival and existence of indigenous Bodo people with their distinct ethnic identity; led the Bodoland movement as President of All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) from 1990-93 and signed the Bodo Accord on 20 February 1993; President and Chairman of the erstwhile Bodoland People’s Party (B.P.P.) and Bodoland Statehood Movement Council (B.S.M.C.) respectively between 1993 and 1998; committed to the cause of assertion of rights of aboriginal Bodos and Tribals as a whole; mobilised the indigenous Bodos of the World particularly living in the Indian sub-continent, Bangladesh, Canada, Nepal, U.K. and U.S.A. and got them united under the Forum, ‘World Bodo National Conference Durbar’ and represented them in the capacity of its President at the 17th Session of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous and Tribal People (UNWGIP), Geneva, Switzerland, 1999; also works as a Human Rights and Peace-Mission Activist, quit the post of the Chief of the Bodoland Autonomous Council on 16th November, 1993 and actively participated in reviving the demand for a separate state (Bodoland) and renewed the struggle for the attainment thereof following the failure of the First Bodo Accord, played pivotal role in persuading both the Government of India and the Government of Assam to start dialogue with the Bodo Liberation Tigers (BLT) to bring about political solution to the long pending `Bodoland and other genuine Bodo issues including inter alia the inclusion of Bodo Language in the 8th Schedule to the Constitution which ultimately resulted in the signing of the `Second Bodo Accord` between the Union Government, Government of Assam and the Bodo Liberation Tigers (BLT) on 10 February, 2003 and culminated in the formation the `Bodoland Territorial Areas District and its administrative set up - Bodoland Territorial Council` under the provision of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution



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