BARPETA, Jan 4 – Asom Keshari Ambikagiri Raichaudhury was remembered here with due honour on his 46th death anniversary. After hoisting of the insigne of the Ambikagiri Raichaudhury Smriti Rakshya Samiti, the organiser of the event garlanded his bust, while the open meeting was held in the evening.
Addressing the meeting as the chief guest, the president elect of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Dr Dhrubajyoti Bora said that Asom Keshari was a visionary and the ideals and preachings of the great visionary are still relevent in Assamese society. Dr Bora said that the condition prevailing in contemporary Assam was foretold by Ambikagiri about seven decades back. He knew it very well and warned of the days to come, which was ignored by the leaders of that time.
Referring to the social unrest in Assam, the physician- turned-writer said that unless some commotion does not create any unrest, every tribe hopes to live in peace and harmony. But if they are divided in the name of caste, creed, religion and language, they then become too ferocious and almost beyond control.
He said that if the Assamese as a nation wants to establish itself as a strong nation in the world, it must be liberal and tolerant. There should be no division on the basis of religion, and those who actually love Assamese should embrace all who have accepted Assamese language and culture as their own. “Ambikagiri never supported influx from outside Assam, but always stressed on the unity of people living within it irrespective of their religious and linguistic affiliation and dreamt of a greater and stronger Assamese nation,” Bora said. He added that he saw the problems and prospects of the nation . If we wish to make the great visionary immortal, then we must read his literary works which will awake both our brain and heart.
Bora also narrated the plight of the inmates of the refugee camps in Kokrajhar district, which they had visited that morning before coming to Barpeta.
Dr Paramananda Rajbonshi, the present vice president and secretary elect of Asam Sahita Sabha while addressing the meeting as a distinguished guest said that the case of homicide committed by a section of heartless persons has ashamed the entire nation.
Chetana, the souvenir published by the Ambikagiri Raichaudhury Smriti Rakshya Samiti was formally released in the meeting by Akshyay Kumar Mishra, former president of Barpeta district Sahitya Sabha. In his speech, Mishra lamented that a proper evaluation of Ambikagiri Raichaudhury is yet to be done, who created universal epic literature and was one of the promonent spokepersons of the Assamese nation.
Songs of Ambikagiri were presented by the participants in the six-day workshop which commenced on December 18, the day of his 129th birth anniversary. The participants were awarded certificates at the end of the function.