From our Staff Correspondent
DIBRUGARH, October 12: “Despite political disunity, economically and culturally, the States of the northeast region share certain commolities, obviously the geography, and the environment, the ethnic composition of its people which determined its economic and cultural development and whose effects have persisted over the centuries. It is these continuities that bind the multi-ethnic people of this region together despite political and social animosities,” said Dr Apar Mahanta while delivering the 21st Dr Jogiraj Basu Memorial Lecture on ‘Searching for Continuities in the History of North East India’, organized by ACTA unit of DHSK College at the campus on October 12.
Dr Mahanta asserted that the students must know their local history to know themselves better. She stated that a lot of history of Assam could be derived from the use and of betel nuts in Assamese culture and tradition.
The meeting chaired by president of ACTA, DHSK College unit, Devanjan Hazarika, was formally iugurated by the former in-charge Principal of the college, Dr J K Mahanta.
Earlier, the incumbent principal, Dr Sashi Kanta Saikia, welcomed the guests and praised the ACTA, DHSK College Unit for successfully organizing the Dr Jogiraj Basu Memorial Lecture since its inception. Dr Jogiraj Basu, a renowned linguist, scholar and educationist was one of the pioneers in setting up of the DHSK College who later became the first Principal of the college. The ACTA, college unit, has been organizing the memorial lecture each year since its inception to pay due honor to the founder Principal, Dr Basu.
The meeting was graced, amongst others, by former professor of Physics, DU, Dr. Porama Mahanta, former Head of the English Department, DHSK College, Munin Sharma, former Principal of Monohari Devi Kanoi Girls’ College, Sunil Borthakur and other dignitaries as well as faculties and students.