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LETTERS

Forgotten Assamese
 Sir, – We shall regret, as an enlightened Assamese race, if we fail to remember the imprints left by some eminent Assamese of the past by their contributions made to the development of the society. Many of them appear to have sunk into complete oblivion. I would like to mention three of them- Dr Ghanashyam Das, Beliram Das and Purnakanta Buragohain. Dr Ghanashyam Das was an eminent physician of old Guwahati, social activist, and follower of Gandhian way of life. Along with seeing the patients he developed his lifelong devotion to helping the poor and the needy. His charitable imprint went beyond his demise when he donated his land and house at Chenikuthi to set up an eye clinic which has been functioning for the last several decades.

Beliram Das born in 1916 at Palashbari was a leading lawyer of Guwahati, a social worker, politician, freedom fighter, MLC and MP. He was imprisioned for six months in 1942 for Civil Disobedience activities, and for four months for offering Satyagraha called by Gandhi. He expired in 1969.

Purnakanta Buragohain was born in 1890 at Pirakota Gohain Gaon in Jorhat. He was a businessman, litterateur, traveller and writer of historical books. He moved to Burma and started his business in Burma and South Yunan province before returning to Assam as an evacue in 1942. During his nine years in Burma and Yunan province of China he discovered many people of Assam origin whose ancestors were forcibly taken by the invading Burmese army in 19th century. He described about them in his book Patkair Sipare No Bochor. –Yours etc., BIJOY KUMAR BHUYAN, skb Road, Guwahati.