Seminar on peasants uprising at Patharughat and its significance held
From Our Correspondent
MANGALDAI, August 17: “I offer my pranam to this holy soil where a golden chapter of our country’s freedom movement has been written in blood,” the Governor of Assam Janaki Ballav Patnaik said while offering tribute to 140 peasant martyrs who had sacrificed their lives in the cruel hands of the British police while taking part in the historic peasants uprising at Patharughat on January 28 of 1894.
Governor who is on his visit to Mangaldai to attend a seminar on ‘The peasants uprising at Patharughat and its significance’organized by Mangaldai Media Circle said that the Patharughat tragedy is a rare incident of supreme sacrifice offered by the village farmers belonging to both the Hindu and Muslim communities which took place much before the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and expressed his concern that this golden chapter of country’s freedom struggle failed to get its due mention at the national level or Indian history. He also opined that a national level seminar should be held in New Delhi so that it could get recognition at the national level. The Governor referring to the rare example of the communal harmony shown by these 140 peasant martyrs belonging to both the Hindu and Muslim community made an earnest appeal to all sections of the society to maintain traditional peace, amity and communal harmony.
Earlier the Governor accompanied by Minister of State for Fisheries, Janasanyog Basanta Das and Darrang Deputy Commissioner Sohrab Ali offered floral wreath at the Krishak Swahid Memorial Tomb at historic Patharughat. The Governor also interacted with the family members of the Krishak Swahids, students and farmers at Patharughat.
Later taking part in the seminar he lauded the efforts of the Mangaldai Media Circle for organizing the seminar on this historic episode. Minister of State for Fisheries, Janasanyog Basanta Das taking part in the function as the guest of honour released the souvenir Dubori and said that the Janasanyog department is going to make a documentary on Peasants’ uprising at Pothorughat which would help in taking it to the national level. Earlier Darrang Deputy Commissioner Sohrab Ali and President of Mangaldai Media Circle read out the welcome speech in the function. Darrang Zila Xahitya Xabha President Dr Nagendra Nath Sarma taking part in the seminar as the resource person gave a detailed analysis on this historic event