‘Each one of us should contribute to build a beautiful society’: Dr Rita Chowdhury

‘Each one of us should contribute to build a beautiful society’: Dr Rita Chowdhury

A Correspondent

DOOMDOOMA: “Let every one of us be like a creature that produces coral so that our society becomes like a coral island and the kinship that we have lost in our society in the aftermath of the Assam Agitation be restored,” said eminent writer Dr Rita Chowdhury while addressing the open session of the 15th biennial conference of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad (AJYC), Tinsukia District Committee as chief guest recently.

She reminisced the days of the Assam Agitation by saying that by living in a remotest corner of Assam like Margarita town she then learnt only two things - to safeguard the identity of Assamese nationality and struggle. As a result of that, they had to give up their studies then. Saying that her weapon of struggle was now her pen, she contended that the struggle could be started from various fronts. It could come from within one’s own self.

“Each one of us should be like a coral producing creature so that we can contribute to build up a beautiful society where social harmony prevails amongst different sections of people and ethnic groups,” she said.

A book on her entitled Rita Chowdhury: Jiban, Sangram Aru Sahitya Rath, compiled by Surajit Moran and Kanchan Bora, were released by Palash Changmai, general secretary of AJYCP central committee.

The three day-long conference began on October 18 with inauguration of main gate and stage by Shri Shri Chakreswar Mahanta, Xatradhikar of Hatigarh Mulani Xatra, followed by flag hoisting by Surajit Moran, and smriti tarpan by Kanchan Bora, president and secretary in-charge respectively of AJYCP, Tinsukia District Committee. The book fair was inaugurated by Badan Sarma, former Vice-Principal of Doomdooma College. After that 30 saplings were planted in the town field, the main venue of the conference. It was followed by creative song and dance competition.

The open session and prize distribution meeting, which was presided over by Surajit Moran, president of AJYCP, Tinsukia District Committee, was inaugurated by Rana Pratap Baruah, president of AJYCP central committee. General secretary Palash Changmai attended the meeting as chief speaker. Both president Rana Pratap Baruah and general secretary Palash Changmai were highly critical of the role of the Central and State governments.

Two souvenirs titled Spandan, edited by Deben Deka and Prajanma, edited by Surajit Bora and Sadananda Das were released by Dr PJ Borthakur, Principal of Doomdooma College, and Dhiren Deka, president of Assam Science Writers’ Association respectively. On the concluding day, the delegates session elected a new 21-member executive committee for 2019-21 with Surajit Moran as president and Kanchan Bora as secretary.

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