GUWAHATI, Jan 4 – Ramesh Chandra Barpatra Gohain, Dean, Dept of Law, Gauhati University, today stressed the need for sustainable use of the North-east’s resources for the benefit of its people, saying that the development process needed to be in sync with the environmental concerns for real progress. Gohain, who formally released a book titled Asom: Natun Prajanmar Anubhutibor written by senior journalist Dilip Mahanta at the Gauhati Commerce College auditorium, said that the State’s problems were getting aggravated from the growing divisiveness in the once-composite Assamese society and the Centre’s tendency to exploit the region’s natural resources.
“I feel that the Centre will remain interested in Assam till its natural resources last. It is difficult to foretell what will happen to the State once its resources are exhausted,” he said.
Predicting a bright future for books in an increasingly technology-driven society, Gohain also said that any prophecy spelling doom for books was utterly misplaced and that books would continue to be a favourite with humans and a driving force behind civilizations.
Writer Mahanta expressed concern over the ‘undesirable’ changes creeping into society due to unbridled industrialisation and mindboggling technological innovations. “Too much dependence on machines and gadgets is adversely affecting human behaviour and thinking process besides causing harm to the natural environment,” he added.
He also emphasized harnessing locally available resources for triggering growth in the State’s economy. He said with some efforts it would be possible to develop sectors such as fishery, agro-based and livestock-based activities, tourism, etc., which in turn could ensure a turnaround of the economy. Prabin Choudhury presided over the function. The book contains articles on Assam’s socio-economic and political issues.