‘Padmanath Gohain Baruah Ridiculed and Belittled by Sabha and Others’

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SIVASAGAR, Dec 15: “The first president of the Asom Sahitya Sabha, Raibahadur Padmanath Gohain Baruah was derided and denigrated by Asom Sahitya Sabha and a section of Assamese litterateurs despite his singular contribution to Assamese social life, language, and literature,” Dr. Debabrat Sarma, writer, and principal, Jorhat college claimed in his speech addressing a seminar in Sivasagar Boarding Field on Wednesday organised by Ahom Sabha as part of the week-long celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Sahitya Kandari Padmanath Gohain Baruah. As proof of his claim, Dr Sarma said that the Sabha observed the 150th birth anniversary of Laksminath Bezbaruah internationally but failed to observe it befittingly. Further, Dr Sarma said that Laksminath Bezbaruah wrote the Vokendra Baruah as a bitter satire on Padmanath Gohain Baruah and ridiculed him as a BA fail overambitious Ahom leader who founded the Ahom Sabha. Padmanath Gohain Baruah even had to clarify his stand that he was only ‘2 ana (a measuring unit) Ahom and 14 ana Asomiya’.

Dr Prabin Gogoi, professor of Department of Education, Dibrugarh University said that there should be a strong public voice of the institution of Padmanath Gohain Baruah chair in Dibrugarh and Gauhati University. Addressing the seminar on ‘Padmanath Gohain Barua’s contribution to Assamese social life’ chaired by Dr Girin Phukan, Dr Arabindra Rajkhowa, professor, North Lakhimpur College, said that it was primarily the British administrators who drove the wedge of hatred and discriminations among the different ethnic groups in  Assam. He said that Padmanth Gohain Baruah made use of the patronage of the British rulers to strengthen the cause of Assamese language and literature and in defeating the reactionary section to re-impose the Bengali language in Assam schools and the court. Gohain Baruah was the first teacher to write a book on the need of physical education and he wrote a book with his own illustrations of different postures.

Padmashree Mamang Dai, a noted poet from Arunachal Pradesh, released the souvenir ‘Padmarag’ while ‘Dristi Aru Sristi’, a collection of articles, was released by Dr Prabin Gogoi.

Earlier in the morning, three celebration committees’ flags were hoisted by Umakanta Konwar, Jayanta Rajkonwar, and Dhiren Chetia along with 150 flags by leading citizens of the town.

In the evening, the satirical drama ‘Tetun Tamuly’ was staged in the cultural program.

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