|Jadav Ch Bhuyan memorial lecture delivered|
PANDU, Dec 3 – The 4th Jadav Chandra Bhuyan memorial lecture was organised by Jadav Chandra Bhuyan Lecture Memorial Trust of Jaymati Nagar, Pandu, on November 29 at Udayachal Cultural Complex. Two literary personalities of the State, Dr Lakshmi Nandan Bora and Dr Usha Ranjan Bhattacharjee spoke on a ‘Asomiya Bengalir Samparka: eti itbachak dristikone.’
Dr Bora in his absorbing speech recalled the days of his stay in Kolkata where he had his school, college and university education and how he was deeply impressed and influenced by the writings of the great Bengali writers of that line like Sarat Ch Chatterjee and Tarasankar Banerjee. He referred to the latter as one of his two ‘gurus’, the other being Dr Birendra Kr Bhattacharya. He was also highly inspired by the writings of Sunil Gangopadhyay, Nabanita Debsen, Ashapurna Devi, Buddhadev Basu, Narendra Mitra and others. He also referred to the fact of Pramathesh Barua and Dr Bhupen Hazarika earning fame and glory after going to Kolkata which was the hub of literary activities. He felt the need for greater bonding between the two communities that have so many things in common in order to build a greater Assamese society. In this context, he respectfully referred to Hemanga Biswas and Amalendu Guha.
Dr Usha Ranjan Bhattacharjee dwelt on Rabindranath’s close association with the Assamese society and how Lakshminath Bezbaroa come into contact with him and his family through marriage to Kariguru’s niece. He said that the Assamese and Bengali people have been residing in Assam together like members of one family since time immemorial. He wanted that bond to be further strengthened through matrimonial alliance on a large scale and there shall be more and more translation of Assamese and Bengali books for the benefit of the people of both the communities. The programme was conducted by Dr Nilmohan Roy.
Violence against women: November 25, marked since 2002 by the UNO as the Elimination of Violence Against Womens’ Day was observed by the NF Rly Mazdoor Union in a befitting manner through a day-long celebration programme at Maligaon Rly HQ.
The observance of the day began at 10 am with the unfurling of the union flag by Kalpana Rajkkumar, chairperson of the union’s ladiess wing, followed by a tree plantation programme initiated by Jasraj Kaur Virdi and Rakhal Dasgupta, GS, Mazdoor Union of NF Railway and president of All India Railwaymen’s Federation.
The highlight of the day’s programme however was a counselling session for the girl students of Rly Higher Secondary School, Maligaon which was addressed by Jasraj Kaur, Dasgupta, Dr Anamika Phukan of Maligaon Rly Hospital, Arpita Saikia, Anu Saiki and others. They spoke of the increasing incidence of violence against women and the measures to be adopted by young girls to keep them safe from all untoward incidents. A procession of women activists of the union and the girl students then went round the rly colonies with placards to mark the day.
The day was also observed at Lumding, Alipurduar, Badarpur and Katihar.