GUWAHATI, Nov 30 - Glowing tributes were paid to the memory of one of the greatest tribal leaders of North East India, Bhimbor Deori on the occasion of his 73rd death anniversary today.
A function was held to mark the occasion at the office of the All India Tribal Students� Association Assam (AITSAA) at Barbari, Hengrabari here where a large number of people were present.
On the occasion senior journalist DN Chakravartty was awarded the Jananeta Bhimbor Deori Award 2020 in recognition of his services for the cause of journalism and also for upholding the cause of the poor and downtrodden. A gamocha, sorai, japi and books were presented to Chakravartty by Arindam Prince Panging on behalf of the association.
Acknowledging the felicitation, Chakravartty recalled the great contribution of Deori during the grouping proposal of 1946 when he (Deori) in collaboration with Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi, fought ferociously against the British government and Muslim League led by Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
Chakravartty said that on several occasions Deori confronted Jinnah, challenging him (Jinnah) that he would not be able to snatch Assam from the heart of India and make it a part of Pakistan.
Deori was founder of the All Assam Tribal Association which was the umbrella organisation of all the tribal communities of the hills and plains of Assam.
Chakravartty suggested erection of statues of Deori at Last Gate, at Athgaon Pukhuripar and in front of Janata Bhawan.
He also suggested to the Government of Assam to start scholarships for study and research on the political philosophy of Deori and also about the socio-economic condition of the tribes of Assam.