SIVASAGAR, Dec 5 - Amid auspicious drum beats and uruli, litterateur Mahendra Padun installed a huge 50 feet ‘Laikhuta’ of the 74th Asam Sahitya Sabha session at historic Zerenga Pathar near Joysagar today. The Sabha will be held on February 1-5, 2017, the centenary year of the Sabha.
Hundreds of Sabha workers thronged the Sahitya Kandari Padmanath Gohaibrua Khetra. The meeting held on the occasion was inaugurated by former president of the Sabha, Imran Shah. He said that Asam Sahitya Sabha has become an organisation of such dimension only because of unstinted support of peasants, workers and the people of Assamese society and we owe them gratitude at this moment of completion of one hundred years.
Speaking as the chief guest, Keshob Mahanta, Minister of Water Resource, Science and Technology and Information, said that Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal personally came down to Sivasagar to take stock of the situation recently and has now directed him and Sonàri MLA Tapan Gogoi to work in tandem with the district authority to ensure successful completion of the Sabha session.
Dr Parag Thakur, vice-president of Asam Sahitya Sabha, presided over the meeting and said the Sabha is passing through a period of transition at the moment and it will come out in a stronger form. Dr Thakur urged the people to guard against cannibalism of English language threatening all other languages.
He said that the CBSE schools are bound to appoint Assamese language teachers if there are even 10 students who want to study the language.
DC Sivasagar Narayan Konwar said that the people’s cooperation is a must for successful organisation of any event.