GUWAHATI, Nov 17 – The death of Tulsi Govinda Baruah, chairman, Assam Tribune Group of Newspapers, was widely mourned by organizations and individuals from across the State today.
Assam Governor JB Patnaik and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi also condoled the passing away of Baruah. In a condolence message, the Governor termed Baruah as a reputed journalist, editor and organizer. He added that under his stewardship, the newspapers of the Assam Tribune group “grew into the largest circulated newspapers maintaining the highest standards of journalism.”
In his condolence message, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that Baruah’s contribution to the growth of journalism in the State would be remembered for generations to come.
“Inheriting a rich legacy from his illustrious father RG Baruah, Tulsi Govinda Baruah took the Assam Tribune group to a new height through his administrative acumen and dexterity,” he said, adding, “The void created by his passing away will be difficult to fill.”
The Chief Minister conveyed his sincerest condolences to his wife and other members of the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.
Representatives of the district administration, Kamrup (Metro) offered floral tributes to the departed soul on behalf of the Chief Minister.
Noted economist Dr Jayanta Madhab remembered Tulsi Govinda Baruah as a man full of life and vigour.
“What impressed me most about him was his sense of humour. He was the man who identified himself with the cause of the common man. He was an impressive orator as well,” he said.
Dr Madhab added that Baruah’s contribution to society was immense and would continue to inspire people for years.
Poet Nalinidhar Bhattacharya termed him as a person of a high calibre, and said that he was much knowledgeable on a range of subjects like politics, science, literature, etc.
Advisor of All Assam Students’ Union Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya said, “Assam has lost a pillar-like personality who used to guide the State in times of crisis. The contributions he made towards strengthening and enriching the Assamese nationalist spheres is incomparable and will always be remembered.”
Former Gauhati University Vice Chancellor Deba Prasad Baruah mourned the death as an irreparable loss to the State and conveyed his condolence to the bereaved family members.
Veteran journalist and Editor of Dainik Asam Radhika Mohan Bhagawati termed the death of Baruah as a big loss for the entire society.
“He was a father-figure and a big-hearted personality. Today at his death, we all are feeling the absence of the head of the family. The love and affection with which he used to greet people will remain unforgettable. He drew respect from young and old alike,” Bhagawati said.
“Although, he is no more with us, his ideals and personality would continue to inspire us. May his soul rest in peace,” added Bhagawati.
Representatives of Jyotirupa, RG Baruah Smriti Raksha Samiti, and United Karate-Do Association also paid floral tributes to the departed soul.
Among those who attended the funeral were chairman, APCC media cell and Mehedi Alam Bora of APCC.
The Joint Forum of Assam Tea Planters’ Association mourned the death of Baruah as an irremediable loss of the State. It also praised his leadership under which the Assam Tribune group could attain its present status.
Senior AGP leader and former Minister Moidul Islam Bora also condoled the death of Baruah. The department of Communication and Journalism, Gauhati University termed it as a big loss not only for the Assam press but the nation as a whole. Former Assam DGP DN Dutta also paid his tributes.
The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee, Bharatiya Janata Party, Communist Party of India (Marxist), All India United Democratic Front, Assam Central Semi-Central Employees’ Parishad, State NSUI also paid their tributes.
The Assam Cricket Association described Baruah as a true lover of sports who also laid the foundation of the North Stand of Barsapara cricket stadium.
Assam Table Tennis Association in a message also condoled Baruah’s death.
Condolence messages also came from Etowa Munda, MLA, Tingkhong, Guwahati Press Club, Journalist Federation of Assam, Journalist Union of Assam, Assam Working Journalists’ Union, Assam Photojournalists’ Association, Electronic Media Forum, Doom Dooma Press Club, Tinsukia District Journalists’ Association, Pub Silpukhuri Durga Puja Committee, Pub Silpukhuri Unnayan Samity, Tai Ahom National Council, All Assam Publishers and Book Sellers Association, Hind Mazdoor Sabha, Assam unit president Ajoy Dutta, GOLD, the Joint Forum of Assam Tea Planters’ Association, Northeastern Tea Associ-ation, Bharatiya Cha Parishad, Darang District Sahitya Sabha president Dr Nagendranath Sarma and Ratna Ojah, theatre personality.