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Elders’ body for Bharat Ratna to Justice Ranjan Gogoi
Staff Reporter

 GUWAHATI, Nov 17 - The Guwahati Senior Citizens’ Association (GSCA), at its meeting held at Pensioners’ Bhawan here on Saturday, complimented just-retired Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in recognition of his most distinguished services for the honour and glory of Indian judiciary.

Presiding over the meeting, senior journalist DN Chakravartty said that the Assamese people are rightfully proud of Justice Gogoi, one of the most brilliant and outstanding sons of Assam who has done the community proud.

The association by a resolution unanimously conferred the title ‘Nyay Ratna’ on Justice Gogoi in recognition of his distinguished service in general and especially for resolving the long dispute spanning over 134 years concerning the Babri Masjid and Ram Mandir.

Chakravartty suggested that Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal request the Government of India to confer Bharat Ratna on Justice Ranjan Gogoi in recognition of his great contribution in resolving the ticklish dispute that had affected the entire subcontinent.

The meeting also paid tribute to great scholar and linguist Dr Banikanta Kakati.

Speaking on the life and achievements of Dr Kakati, historian and a senior member of the association Ramani Kanta Deka, dwelt at length on the monumental contributions of Dr Kakati in installing the Assamese language as one of the most advanced and rich languages of the country, endowed with a gigantic volume of literature spanning the days of the Vaisnava era to the present day of modern Assamese literature.

He said that a grateful Assamese community would continue to remember Dr Kakati for centuries to come for the most outstanding contributions he made for the independent existence and richness of the Assamese language and literature dating back to the ninth century.

Deka added that Dr Kakati’s thesis titled Assamese language: its formation and development, had served for the Assamese language a seat of honour among the highly developed and rich languages of the world. He said Dr Kakati shone brilliantly as a critic and essayist with his immortal works like Sahitya aru Prem, and his prefaces in the books of Raghunath Choudhury and Ambikagiri Roychoudhury.

It was Dr Kakati who called Ambikagiri a revolutionary poet of India and a great romantic poet, Deka observed.

Chakravartty in his address suggested that portraits of Anundo Ram Borooah and Dr Kakati be installed in all the colleges and high schools of Assam to inspire the new generation to follow in the footsteps of the giants.

Dharma Ranjan Bhagawati gave a lecture on the water-logging problem of Guwahati, drainage and solution.

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