BARPETA, Jan 3 - “Ambikagiri Raichoudhury relentlessly tried to awaken the nation at the right moment. Present-day Assam deeply needs him at this juncture, said veteran writer, thinker and the former president of the Barpeta district Sahitya Sabha Alshyay Kumar Mishra.
Addressing a meeting held as part of the Jatiya Swabhiman Divas on the death anniversary of Asom Keshari Ambikagiri Raichoudhury on Tuesday afternoon, Mishra lamented that we the people of Assam see him like the proverbial six blind persons who observed the elephant in their own way but failed to understand its full entity.
“If Raichoudhury was born in free India or in an Assam devoid of basic problems, he would have been established as Gete or Dante,” Mishra said and added that the love poems of Raichoudhury can be compared with the Divine Comedy of Dante.
Referring to the multifaceted personality of the great genius, Mishra said that Raichoudhury was a humanitarian on the one hand and a great revolutionary on the other and his thoughts and ideas had a far-reaching impact. Mishra did not fail to mention that the principle behind the preachings of Raichoudhury was “My state is my worship, my intellect and the God himself”.
Speaking on this occasion, Thaneswar Malakar, Deputy Commissioner of Barpeta and a veteran writer said that Ambikagiri, Prasannalal Choudhury and Kamalakanta Bhattacharya tried to make the people of Assam aware about the their future. But it is a matter of regret that we have failed to comprehend the ideas initiated by them.
Gunindra Nath Das, MLA Barpeta termed the present plight of Assamese to the self-centric attitude. He urged all to remember the liberal views of Ambikagiri and follow his ideals. Veteran artiste Pulak Banerjee who jointly released a book of connotation of the lyrics of Ambikagiri Raichoudhury titled Dehsar Katha Kao Ahak with Dr Parinita Goswami said that the genius of Raichoudhury was not identified well and hence he was not accorded due recognition. Dr Parinita Goswami said that literature is the mirror of a nation and the writings of Ambikagiri including the lyrics clearly indicate the guidelines for the nation.
Dibakar Rabha, leader of the All Rabha Students’ Union and Bashishtha Dev Sarma, Burha Satriya of Barpeta Satra also spoke on the occasion. The event was conducted by Ashok Kumar Das one of the secretaries of the organising committee. The Jatiya Swabhiman Divas was observed by the Khilanjia Suraksha Bahini in association with the Barpeta unit of AASU coinciding with the death anniversary of Asom Keshari Ambikagiri Raichoudhury with a day-long programme. The Suraksha Bahini flag was hoisted by Gobinda Gayan, the chief convenor of the organisation in the morning while hundred flags were unfurled by an equal number of prominent personalities in the afternoon.