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Tabu Taid receives Sukapha Award
Staff correspondent
 DIBRUGARH, Dec 2 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today gave away the Sukapha Award to eminent linguist, singer, author, educator and administrator, Dr Tabu Ram Taid, during a function held on the occasion of the Asom Divas celebrations today at Sukapha Bhawan in Borborooah, some 10 km from here. The award consists of a cheque of Rs 2 lakh, a sarai, an eri shawl and an appreciation scroll.

Asom Divas, which earlier was marked as Sukapha Divas, was centrally organised at Sukapha Bhawan by the Cultural Affairs Department. The Chief Minister inaugurated the Sukapha Divas celebration by unveiling a huge statue of the founder of Ahom kingdom at the Sukapha Bhawan complex. The statue, installed on a seven-feet high pedestal, has been carved out by renowned sculptor Biren Singha. It is said to be the first statue of Chaolung Sukapha installed in the State.

Receiving the award, Dr Taid expressed his gratitude to the State government, particularly the Cultural Affairs Department for recognizing his works and contributions in the society. “I will ever remain thankful to the government for considering me worthy for the award,” Taid said in his short speech.

Addressing the gathering, Chief Minister Gogoi exhorted the people to take lessons from the efforts of the Ahom king Chaolung Sukapha, whom he described as a successful administrator, policy maker, social reformer, and able statesman. He said that the Ahom king had a dream of establishing a greater Assamese society by uniting people of diferrent communities, castes and different faiths.

Cultural Affairs Minister, Pranati Phukan and historian Jogendra Nath Phukan also addressed the gathering. Senior Cabinet Minister Prithibi Majhi and MLAs – Etuwa Munda, Raju Sahu, Susanta Borgohain , Jibontara Ghatowar and a host of dignitaries attended the function.

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