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Tributes paid to Lokanayak at Dhekiajuli
 DHEKIAJULI, Feb 2 – The Teachers’ Unit of Lokanayak Omeo Kumar Das College remembered the contributions of OK Das with the cooperation of the college governing body and senior citizens of Dhekiajuli recently in a befitting manner.

On the occasion of his 38th death anniversary, the bust of Omeo Kumar Das was unveiled by Mrinali Chetia, vice president of All Assam Lekhika Samaroh Samiti. In this connection, a public meeting was held in the college auditorium under the presidentship of Sambhu Sarma, principal i/c of the college. Ramola Bora, president of the College GB in her maiden speech elaborately discussed the contributions of Lokanayak in the field of freedom movement, Assam literature etc.

Chief guest Mrinali Chetia narrated the contributions of Lokanayak. Another speaker Ramesh Chandra Bora, founder assistant secretary of the College in his speech spoke about the noble qualities of Lokanayak and during the Chinese aggression in 1962 how he united the Dhekiajuli people to fight against the Chinese in a non-violent manner if they enter Dhekiajuli. Though two Ministers of Assam came to Dhekiajuli then to convince Lokanayak to leave Dhekiajuli, but he refused. Bora remarked that Lokanayak was a true Gandhian in spirit and work.

Hemanta Kumar Baruah, secretary of the celebration committee and associate professor of the college subsequently offered the vote of thanks and also anchored the programme. Lokanayak Trust of Dhekiajuli and Lokanayak OK Das LP School also observed the day.

Golden jubilee: Dhekiajuli Vivekananda Vidyapith celebrated its golden jubilee with a four-day programme which concluded on January 24 in a festive ambience.

On the opening day in the early morning local MLA Habul Chakraborty inaugurated the marathon race. The flag was hoisted by retired teacher and social worker Bidhu Bhusan Roy, who was the president of the celebration committee. Tributes to Swamiji was initiated by Sunil Chandra Sarcar while Hiren Chandra Paul garlanded the portrait of Vivekananda. The golden jubilee gate was inaugurated by Synmoyee Bhadra, wife of late Bhupati Bhadra in whose name a gate was erected by the members of his family. A colourful cultural procession was participated in by students of different schools of the town, including members of Hari Sabha. It was inaugurated by DK Sharma, education officer of Dhekiajuli Block elementary education.

The newly constructed stage of the school was inaugurated by the local MLA. The wall magazine was unveiled by Tulika Saikia, chairperson of Dhekiajuli Municipal Board. The souvenir was released by Prithis Chandra Dey, principal of Vivekananda Sister Nivedita English School. In the evening, a cultural programme was held.

On January 22, the present and ex-students took part in a sports competition. An art and science exhibition was inaugurated by Dr Rathindra Narayan Paul of Tezpur. On January 23, various competitions were held among students, including tributes to Netaji on the occasion of his 117th birthday.

The concluding function was held on January 24. The open meeting was presided over by Bidhu Bhusan Roy. The meeting was inaugurated by the MLA.

On behalf of the committee, Romesh Chandra Bora, retired headmaster of Dhekiajuli High School presented Synmoyee Bhadra a citation. Swadesh Ghose read out his secretarial report.

Chief guest Dr Tilok Saikia in his speech asked all to cooperate in the Sarba Siksha Mission. Dr Sanjoy Bhattacharjee, professor of Bengali Department at GU in his speech said that Vivekananda laid stress on use of local language. He wanted a new India with the cooperation of Hindus and Muslims. He also tried to upgrade depressed womenfolk of India through education. His dream is now fulfilled, Dr Bhattacharjee said.

Invited guest RC Bora in his speech said that like Sankardeva, Vivekananda also fought against untouchability, which helped Gandhiji in his freedom movement. Bora said that communal harmony is the crying need of the hour. One should respect the language and religion of other communities. Sachin Baishya, headmaster of Nasahar ME School asked the teachers’ community for self realisation and their responsibility to shape the new generation. Another speaker Manoj Sikaria, circle officer of Dhekiajuli revenue circle in his short speech said that Vivekananda told students to dream for their better future. Swadesh Ghosh, secretary of the celebration committee offered the vote of thanks.

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