Guwahati: Charan Narzary, the former MP, MLA and founder General Secretary of the Plains Tribal Council of Assam (PTCA), breathed his last at the age of 87 in Guwahati’s Down Town Hospital on July 23, Tuesday. A prominent figure of Bodo nationalism, Charan Narzary’s death is deeply grieved and condoled by his admirers.
Narzary was hospitalized for collapsing at his Mwiderkhoro residence in Kokrajhar. An unstoppable man and a person with inborn leadership quality, Narzary was indomitable even in his seventies. In his early seventies, Narzary had led the ‘Udayachal’ movement for tribal people under PTCA. Following this, Narzary had also served as MLA and MP for many years.
Before commencing his political career, Narzary was a professor at Kokrajhar College as well. He was known as a noted writer and poet for his bright creative skills.
Narzary is a key name in Bodo politics who in his association with the Plains Tribal Council of Assam (PTCA) had played a vital role while working for the Identity Assertion. Coming from a humble background, Narzary had to fight against all the odds in securing higher education and establishing himself in life. Narzary secured his Bachelor of Arts degree from Cotton College in 1959, master’s degree in Political Science in 1962 and his LLB degrees in 1964. As an academician as well, he was found to have helped the Bodo students who wanted to do something in life.
State Finance minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma expresses deep grief on the sudden demise of the Bodo leader. The minister states that late Narzary’s contributions in the fields of politics, social service, literature will never be forgotten.
Narzary’s genuine concern for the state of the plan tribals of Assam led him to active politics and earned him his first electoral victory in 1972. He was elected as the member of the State Legislative Assembly and following this; he got elected as the Member of Parliament in 1977.