Staff Reporter GUWAHATI, Dec 2 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today presented the Siu-Ka-Pha Award 2014 to retired judge of Supreme Court and a distinguished jurist Khagendra Nath Saikia on the occasion of the Asom Divas at a function held at Rabindra Bhawan here.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi presenting the Siu-Ka-Pha Award 2014 to retired judge of the Supreme Court Justice Khagendra Nath Saikia on the occasion of Asom Divas at a function in Guwahati on Tuesday. - AT Photo
The award consists of a sarai, a citation and cash award of Rs 2 lakh.
Rich tributes were paid to the builder of greater Assam Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha, the great Ahom ruler, on the occasion of Asom Divas throughout the State.
The day signifying the coronation of Siu-Ka-Pha is celebrated as Asom Divas every year, recalling his contribution in fostering unity and building mutual trust among different communities of Assam, thus constructing a greater Assamese society.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that the basic traits of good governance were present in the Ahom rule way back in the 13th century. “Swargadeo Siu-Ka-Pha’s rule was based on democratic principles and the modern concepts of secularism, socialism and promotion of brotherhood among different castes and communities were the main characteristics of his rule. Not only that, specialized cluster system and well-outlined staffing pattern along with optimum utilization of natural resources made people prosperous under his rule. We, in present times have many things to learn from the great Ahom ruler,” he added.
Minister of Cultural Affairs Pranati Phukan, while speaking on the occasion, said that Siu-Ka-Pha presented a glaring example of how to win territories without bloodshed. She also threw light on the system of writing systematic historical accounts that was endorsed by Siu-Ka-Pha.
In his brief acceptance speech, Justice (Retd) KN Saikia thanked the State Government and the Chief Minister for honouring him with the award. “I am humbled by the fact that I could not contribute much to the society,” he added.
Speaking as the appointed speaker of the occasion, Sangita Gogoi, HoD, History, Mangaldai College gave an account of the social and agricultural systems during the Ahom rule.
Earlier, Director of Cultural Affairs, Tapan Chandra Sarma delivered the welcome speech.
Former Governor of Bihar and Tripura Devananda Konwar and Birendra Kumar Gohain among others were present in the function.