GUWAHATI, Aug 27 - Experience of tolerance, sympathy and humanism of one generation would have to be transferred to the incoming generations in order to make human civilisation vibrant.
This was observed by eminent writer and thinker Homen Borgohain while addressing the 19th foundation day function of the Guwahati Senior Citizens' Association (GSCA) held at the Sudmersen Hall of Cotton University today.
Elaborating, Borgohain mentioned the views expressed by great thinkers and scientists like Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein. He said that lots of present-day ailments afflicting society could be cured with a dynamic approach towards the advent of a new era.
The function was presided over by senior journalist DN Chakravartty.
Dr Ramesh Chandra Borpatra Gohain, Advocate General, Assam, while addressing the function as chief guest, referred to the provisions enshrined in the Constitution of India for the welfare of the elderly persons and spoke about the Protection of Parents and Welfare of Elderly Persons Act of the Government of India, which makes it obligatory on the part of the children and other inheritors of the elderly persons to give them economic protection, social honour and ensure their overall welfare for perfect well-being.
Dr KM Bujarbaruah, Vice Chancellor, Assam Agricultural University (AAU), in his speech as the guest of honour, stressed the need for a cohesive society to be built with concerted efforts of the general public under the leadership of the elderly and wise sections of society.
Dr Sarat Chandra Dutta, former Santosh Trophy captain of Assam and a nonagenarian, was felicitated on the occasion.
Hem Chandra Sarma, member in charge of public relations, read out the citation for Dr Dutta.
Chakravartty, in his presidential remarks, said that old age was actually the golden period of one's life if one knew how to live and enjoy life.
Earlier, Baneswar Khound, member in charge of administration and coordination, explained the purpose of the function and welcomed the guests.
Dr Devdas Bharali, working president, GSCA, also spoke. Chinmoy Kotoky presented Jyoti Sangeet, Ranjana Kalita presented Rabha Sangeet, while Protima Devi sang a borgeet.