TNT PROFILES: Assam Polls 2021 | Facts you should know about Pramod Boro
Pramod Boro is an Indian politician known for his bold and tireless efforts in bringing about permanent peace in the Bodoland region.
He was born to Late Ghanashyam Boro on March 1, 1975, at Sauraguri village under Tamulpur Police Station in Nalbari district (now in Baksa district), Assam.
Hailing from a poor family, Boro had an economically weak student life. He went to a local school in his village for primary education, and later on, he went to Tamulpur HS School and completed his matriculation.
He moved to Guwahati to pursue his higher studies but dropped out because of financial constraints.
He began working as a daily wage worker and even worked as a miner in the coal mines of Meghalaya to support his family.
But as the saying goes, “Where there is a will, there is a way.” After a few months, Boro rejoined college to complete his Under Graduate studies.
He studied at Rangia College and received his UG degree in 1994.
Participation in Bodoland Movement:
The key requirement of a leader is “vision,” and Pramod had it!
His vision was to improve the standard, accessibility and quality of education for the students of the Bodo community in the state, especially in the Bodo Medium schools.
His primary motive was to bring about a change in the society where every individual would be treated with equality and have the right to education and development.
The observance of ‘Arms and Violence Free Society’s foundation day’ observed by ABSU on February 15, 2009, served as a driving force for his will to establish peace in the region, connecting all the major events observed by the union as ‘Anti Terrorism Day’ on July 30 (since 1996).
Unfortunately, because of various issues (education, socio-economic and political), the Bodo community was not free from various movements in the state.
“If Telangana, then why not Bodoland” is a mass movement that was raised by ABSU under the firm leadership of Pramod Boro following the announcement by the Congress-led UPA II government to create a separate state by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh in December 2010.
Under the leadership of Pramod Boro, from 2010 onwards, the agitation to revive the Bodoland Statehood was decided and started again as the third phase from March 2, 2010, with an enormous mass gathering at Kajalgaon Rural Stadium.
Boro was at the forefront of the Bodoland Movement. He received enormous support from the Bodo community across the proposed Bodoland region – from Sonkosh in West to Sadiya in East.
After serving as the president of ABSU for three decades, he quit students’ politics at the ABSU Special Convention held at Tamulpur on February 13, 2020.
Role in Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) Accord 2020:
On January 27, 2020, the most significant moment in the life of Pramod Boro came into being. It was the signing of the third Bodo Accord between the Central Government and the representatives of one of the insurgent groups of Assam, the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).
The tripartite agreement aims to provide for the economic and political development of Bodos without affecting the territorial integrity of Assam.
People from all sections of society across the country welcomed the accord.
On February 7, 2020, at Kokrajhar, a huge rally of people welcomed the Bodo Peace Accord. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also among the many dignitaries present during the rally.
Modi stated that the Bodo Peace Accord had paved the way for permanent peace in the Northeast.
Boro was also a signatory to the third Bodo Accord.
In mainstream politics:
On February 21, 2020, Pramod Boro formally joined the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) at the Fourth Annual Convention held at Bijni. The UPPL was set up on August 5, 2015, under the banner of the Bodoland Movement groups headed by Urkhao Gwra Brahma as the founder-president of the party.
After a few days, Boro was appointed the President of UPPL by the then party president and founder-president Urkhao Gwra Brahma.
He led the UPPL from the front during the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) elections in 2020 and won 12 seats in the polls.
After the declaration of results, the UPPL, BJP and the GSP (Gana Suraksha Party) entered a coalition to form the autonomous council, and Boro was sworn in as the Chief Executive Member of the BTC.