GUWAHATI, Oct 11 – While stating that corruption has crippled the social system as a whole, eminent lawyer and former Union Minister Bedabrata Barua maintained that there was a need for mass awakening to fight the evil forces.
Barua said, “Today, people appear helpless in a domain ruled by those indulged in corrupt practices. Our society needs to awake and put a foot forward instead of just waiting for others to do it for us.”
Interacting with media persons at Guwahati Press Club during the ‘Guest of the Month’ programme, the former MP said that the Government has failed to live up to the expectations of the people, especially when it came to addressing the problems of flood and illegal migrants.
On the problem of floods, he said, “Dredgers were brought to Assam to dig out the Brahmaputra river several decades back at the instance of Dr K Rao, a renowned flood control expert, but even after the passage of several months, the dredgers were never put to use and the problem continued to aggravate.”
“Such a laidback attitude has harmed the State’s interests. The Union Government, too, does not even have a flood control department and, therefore, no study whatsoever has been carried out on flood,” he pointed out.
Born on July 13, 1928, Barua passed his matriculation examination from Calcutta University in 1945 (second in Assam) and did his BA Honours from Presidency College, Calcutta in 1949. After completing his Masters, he joined DR College in Golaghat.
He was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Koliabar Parliamentary Constituency in 1967, 1971 and 1977.
He was also the Union Deputy Minister of Law, Justice & Company Affairs (1971 to 1977) and the Union Minister of State for External Affairs (1979 to 1980).
He also served as a senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India.
Barua also shared his thoughts on the issue of illegal Bangladeshi migrants and use of money in elections.