GUWAHATI, Nov 17 – Chairman of the Assam Tribune Group of Newspapers, Tulsi Govinda Baruah breathed his last due to old-age ailments today. His death was widely mourned all over the state immediately after the news of his demise spread. He was 87.
Baruah was ailing for some time and breathed his last at his own residence in the Rajgarh First Byelane around 12.47 pm. He leaves behind his wife, two sons and a daughter apart from a host of other relatives. His elder son Debojit Govinda Baruah now lives in London and his younger son Surajit Govinda Baruah is a director of the Assam Tribune Group of Newspapers.
The eldest of the three sons and four daughters of RG Baruah, the architect of modern Assam and founder of the Assam Tribune Group of Newspapers, TG Baruah was born in Dibrugarh on July 29, 1925 and passed his matriculation examination from Dibrugarh. He was associated with the Assam Tribune Group along with his father from a very young age. He shifted to Guwahati along with his father when The Assam Tribune started to be published from the city in 1946 and he took over as the Chairman of the Assam Tribune Group of Newspapers in 1985, the post he held till his demise.
Baruah was actively associated with the drama movement in Assam and acted in a number of plays in his younger days. He also acted in a film named Smritir Parash.
Baruah was associated with social activities all throughout his life and he was the founder president of GOLD, a voluntary organization. He served as the adviser, GOLD till his last. He was also associated actively with other social organizations including Bihu celebration committees and development committees all throughout his life.
As soon as the news of his demise spread, his well-wishers rushed to his Rajgarh Bye-lane No-1 residence to pay their last respects to the departed soul. Those who rushed to the residence of Baruah included senior journalists Kanaksen Deka, Radhika Mohan Bhagawati, noted writer Lakshmi Nandan Bora, poet and literary critic Nalinidhar Bhattacharya, leaders of the All Assam Students’ Union, local MLA Capt Robin Bordoloi, GL Agarwala of the GL Publications, members of Save Guwahati Build Guwahati including its president Dhiren Baruah, public activist Deven Dutta and others. Officers of the Kamrup (Metro) district administration placed wreaths on his body on behalf of the Chief Minister.
The funeral procession started from the residence of Baruah around 4 pm and the procession first stopped in the Tribune complex where the employees paid their last respects. The procession then headed to the Guwahati Press Club where senior journalists and office-bearers of the Club, Journalists’ Forum of Assam, Assam Photo Journalists’ Association, Assam Union of Working Journalists and Electronic Media Forum, Assam paid their last respects to the departed leader of the State’s newspaper industry. The procession was then taken to the Swahid Nyas, the office of the AASU where the members of the students’ body and Cotton College Union Society paid floral tributes to Baruah.
The cremation took place in the Nabagraha cremation ground this evening in presence of a large number of well-wishers and admirers of Baruah. His son Surajit Govinda Baruah lit the funeral pyre. Floral tributes were paid to the departed soul on behalf of the Governor just before the cremation.