SARUPATHAR: The 76th death anniversary of freedom fighter Swahid Kushal Konwar was observed in a solemn ceremony held at Rajuhuwa Bhavan in Sarupathar under Golaghat district on Saturday.
The programme was organized jointly by the Dhansiri subdivisional administration and local citizens. Floral tributes were paid after lighting the lamp on the tomb of the great freedom fighter who laid down his life for the sake of the freedom of the country from the British.
Kushal Konwar was born on March 21, 1905 at Balijan near Sarupathar in the modern district of Golaghat in Assam. His family descended from the royal family of Chutiya kingdom and used the surname ‘Boruah’, which was later abandoned. Kushal attended the Bezbaruah School. In 1921, while still at school when he was inspired by Gandhiji’s call for a non-cooperation movement and took an active part in it. Inspired by Gandhiji’s ideals of Swaraj, truth, and Ahimsa, Konwar set up a primary school at Bengmai and served as its honorary teacher. Later, he joined the Balijan Tea Estate as a clerk where he worked for a while. However, the spirit of independence and call of Mahatma Gandhi inspired him to dedicate himself wholeheartedly to the Independence Movement. He organized the Congress party and led the people of the Sarupathar area in satyagraha and non-cooperation movement against the British. On June 15, 1943 Kushal Konwar was hanged in Jorhat Jail.
Underlining the great valour and heroism of Swahid Kushal Konwar, said the SDO (C ) of Dhansiri subdivision during the programme said that Swahid Kushal Konwar set a great example of human sacrifice through his deep commitment towards the cause of the nation.
The administration and the public of Dhansiri subdivision offered tributes to the martyr on his death anniversary by organizing a blood donation camp at Sarupathar Civil Hospital. SDO (Civil) Dhansiri, Dr. P. Uday Praveen along with leading senior citizens and school and college students of Sarupathar were present on the occasion. The dignitaries paid rich tributes to the martyr and recalled the sacrifices made by Kushal Konwar during his life.
JORHAT: The 76th death anniversary of Swadid Kushal Konwar was observed centrally by Assam Rayjik Mukti Judha Samnillani, Freedom Fighters’ Association along with the Jorhat Central Jail authority, family members of the great freedom fighter and Jorhat district administration. Dr Deepanjali Dutta, Deputy Development Commissioner, paid floral tribute on the tomb of Kushal Konwar. Shayani Konwar, daughter-in-law of Kushal Konwar, among others spoke on the special occasion and further resolved, along with the Freedom Fighters’ Association, to place the portrait of the great freedom fighter in the Parliament and in the State Assembly Hall, said Munindra Dutta, the secretary of the Freedom Fighters’ Association. (A Correspondent)