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GUWAHATI, Feb 9: “Srimanta Sankardev’s ideals have always inspired the Assamese society and it will continue to do so in the future as well. His ideals teach us discipline, honesty, sincerity and hard work. Following his footsteps, the young generation of the State must strive to achieve excellence in all fields and make Assam as one of the best States in the country”. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said this while taking part as the chief guest at the open session of the 87th Annual Conference of Srimanta Sankardev Sangha at Pandit Rai Sahab Gopika Ballav Goswami Samanway Kshetra, Dadhora Ahom Pathar at Misamora in Dergaon today.
Urging the youth to stay away from the lure of easy money, Chief Minister Sonowal stated that money earned through dishonest means cannot bring happiness in life and called upon the young members of the society to follow the shining example of Gurujona who untiringly and selflessly made immense contributions on all fronts of the Assamese society. “From Namghar to Bhaona and Sattriya to Mati Akhora, the Gurujona left behind a rich legacy and the young generation of the state must devote to preserve and glorify them,” he added.
Saying that a strong, unified and peaceful Assam is the prime objective of the state Government, Sonowal urged the Srimanta Sankardev Sangha to dedicate itself in producing good citizens for the society for achieving all round development and realizing the Government’s endeavour of making Assam free from corruption.
Underscoring the issue of global warming and its negative impact on the environment, the Chief Minister urged the people to follow Sankardev’s teachings of “Ek Briksha Daksha Putra Sama” for preserving the ecology and making Assam a pollution free state.
Further to spread awareness about the Gurujona’s works, Sonowal advised the Srimanta Sankardev Sangha to organize conferences like this in different parts of the country. He also highlighted the need to translate the great Vaishnavite leader’s creations into different languages so that his teachings could be taken to the world stage. In this regard, he cited the example of Sikh community who have successfully spread Guru Govind Singh’s teachings all over the world.
The Chief Minister also informed about the Govt’s plan to set up a Namghar at Bengalore and initiative taken up for inclusion of Srimanta Sankardev’s life and works into the textbooks at national level.
He also urged the Srimanta Sankardev Sangha to take greater responsibility in shaping the Assamese society going beyond their religious discourse and called on the Sangha to channelize the faiths of the people reposed on it to strengthen the society.
Coinciding with the occasion, Chief Minister Sonowal also presented Sashi Chandra Borboruah award to Satradhikar of Kamalabari Satra Narayan Chandra Goswami and Kamal Chandra hazarika memorial award to Padma Rajbongshi. The awards are instituted by the Sangha to recognize people for their social contributions.
Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, Water Resources Minister Keshav mahanta, Minister of State for Cultural Affairs Naba Kumar Doley, also spoke on the occasion. The open session was presided over by the Padadhikar of Srimanta Sankardev Sangha Bhabendra Nath Deka.
MP kamakhya Prasad Tasa, MLA Mrinal Saikia, Vice Chancellors of KKHSOU Dr. Hitesh Deka and Srimanta Sankardev University Dr. Kandarpa Kumar Deka, General Secretary of AASU Lurinjyoti Gogoi and host of other dignitaries were present in the open session.
BY OUR STAFF REPORTER