TEZPUR, Feb 1 � �In this age of globalisation, to compete abroad, one must begin with the competition at home. We need to win with better quality, skills, innovation and reliability. Not to talk about the industrial sector, even involvement of NRIs in a few sensitive sectors like education of children and women and health-related issues can bring about a noticeable change in a short span of time.� This was stated by Dr Karuna Sagar Das, an NRI Assamese from the UK on Friday while realeasing the 12th edition of the Luit to Thames at the Kalaguru Bishnu Rabha auditorium at the Tezpur University.
The Luit To Thames is a unique creation of the efforts made by Dr Das in 1999. The planning for his literary magazine started at a time when the Assamese people living around the globe were reaffirming their commitment to develop and offer their services to their motherland. �It was really a transitional period when the NRI Assamese community in the UK wanted to establish the Asam Sahitya Sabha, Great Britain branch in 1998,� Dr Das said while giving his welcome address before the release of the bilingual annual magazine, adding that the Luit To Thames is not simply a book or a general magazine but is a compilation of noble efforts by dedicated NRI Assamese settled in the UK to bridge the gap between the Assamese people of Assam and those living abroad.
Releasing the magazine, vice chancellor Dr Mihir Kanti Choudhury appreciated the whole team of the editorial board including chief editor Dr Karuna Sagar Das, Dr Srutimala Duara and Amlandeep Das among others for paving the way to maintain a relationship between the Assamese people living in Assam and those living abroad through the Luit To Thames over the last 12 years.
The function was attended by Registrar Alak Buragohain, professors of all the departments of the university and its student community and MLA Captain Robin Bordoloi among others. It was followed by a cultural function.