The All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) was founded on the 15th February, 1967 at Kokrajhar Tribal Rest House with a view of comprising all the students of the Bodo Groups of the world and working for the causes enshrined in the aims and objectives of the Union’s Constitution. The Constitution of the ABSU was first accepted on the 2nd March, 1969 and was printed out. But then necessity of amendments of its various clauses and insertions to keep pace with time and situation was long-left. Yet since the first edition no amendment to the Constitution of the ABSU was the till 1981 nor did it get reprinted till 1987. The first amendment of the Constitution of ABSU was done till 1981 in he special convention of ABSU held at Udalguri Higher Secondary School during term of Mr. Dipak Kumar Basumatary’s Presidentship as per the suggestion of the erstwhile Goalpara District Bodo Students Union. In this amendment, limitation was given that formation of maximum three District Committee of ABSU would be allowed within a geo-political district and claim for double organizational membership was rejected. The Second amendment was also done during the term of Mr. Dipak Kumar Basumatary, Presidentship, where radical amendment was done through complete redrafting with the helf of a committee formed and meant for the purpose. The Third Amendment was done on 26th, 27th and 28th September, 1983 in the 16th Annual Conference of the ABSU held at Dhamdhama under the Presidentship of Mr. Dipak Kumar Basumatary where some political clauses were inserted and the ABSU is declared a nationalist students organisation. The 4th Amendment was done in the 17th Annual Conference held at Kokrajhar college on the 28th, 29th and 30th December, 1984 under the Presidentship of Mr. Karendra Basumatary where organizational structure of the union was converted to four tier with the inclusion of state committee and the West Bengal committee, ABSU was granted a state committee of ABSU. In the 5th Amendment done in 18th Annual Conference held at Rowta Chariali on the 29th, 30th, and 31st May, 1986 under the Presidentship of Mr. Karendra Basumatary where the provisions of advisors was included and the provisions of amendment were changed. Some vital most significant insertions and amendments were done in the special delegates session of ABSU held at Chaharia Batabari village near Dhing, Nagaon on the 28th and 29th September, 1986 under the Presidenship of Mr. Upendra Nath Brahma. The preamble was amended there in clause (f) to (j) were inserted in the Section 3 of Chapter — II under the head of “Aims and Objectives” of the constitution in the Sixth Amendment. The perspectives of All Bodo Students Union have been widened in this amendment. The Seventh Amendment came in the 19th Annual Conference held at Dudhnoi on the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st February, 1987 under the Presidentship of Mr. Upendra Nath Brahma, where ABSU’s motto of “Unity, Survival and Prosperity” had been inserted and the Guwahati District Committee, ABSU was increased.
After long years gap, this time, the constitution of ABSU is getting reprinted after some odds and difficulties.
The constitution of an organisation can’t be stagnant or tightly rigid but should be flexible without damaging its basic and vital tenets. Transition of the constitution also should take place according to the needs and demands of time and situation which have been done in the case of the ABSU’s constitution. A constitution should be progressive and wide in its perspectives.
Not withstanding, the amendments of the constitution of the ABSU, cannot be claimed complete but yet many more things are to be amended or inserted which our generations will have to do.
Hope, this constitution will focus the views and positions of All Bodo Students Union and attract all ABSU lovers.