BHELA GHAR

By: Rana Pratap Saikia

With a message to preserve the environment on the occasion of Bihu, a bhela ghar in Assam’s is drawing attention due to its unique message: Prakritik Bosuwa Maane Nijok Bosuwa (to save nature means to save yourself).

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The bhela ghar that has been constructed at Raha in Assam’s Nagaon district, depicts the structure of a man and a woman planting a tree together that is perched atop the traditional house, where the feats and merry-making will be held.

The striking structure that combines beauty with a message, is now being shared by Bihu-fearing netizens, and is being marvelled at by the people of Assam.

It is perhaps to design a bhela ghar paying an ode to environmental causes, as 2019 was a year that saw the world community coming together to protect the environmental.

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In Meghalaya, for instance, the Chief Minister’s office undertook an initiative to urge each resident of the state to plant a tree to facilitate and clean and green environment.

At the international level, Swedish teen sensation Greta Thunberg won hearts with her fiery speech at the United Nations (UN), prompting legions of celebrities and their adoring fans to jump into the cause. Protests and marches decrying global warming (which were mostly spearheaded by students) were held across the world, including in India.

Now, the construction of this ‘bhela ghar’ is keeping in tune with the theme of environmental awareness that swept across much of 2019, and it is certainly pleasing to see the cause make a comeback in Assam.

The Assamese. meanwhile, are using this Bihu to showcase the creativity amid the statewide resentment against the Government’s decision to implement the much-dreaded that protends a potential influx of Bangladeshi immigrants who are being shown a window of opportunity to gain asylum by the ruling dispensation.

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