GUWAHATI, Aug 3 - A book titled Bharat Ratna Gopinath Bordoloi edited by DN Chakravartty and Sachiprabha Das containing 74 articles on the life and works of the outstanding statesman and freedom fighter and the first Chief Minister of Assam, was released at a function held today at the office of the weekly Pragjyotish at Bamunimaidan.
The function held on the occasion was presided over by senior advocate and chairman of Pragjyotish Trust Chinmoy Choudhury.
Dr Dibyajyoti Mahanta, dean of Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University (KKHSOU) described Bordoloi as one of the greatest patriots of the country and a great nation builder. Recollecting the enormous contributions of Bordoloi to bring about all-round development of the State from the morass of backwardness and illiteracy, he said that Bordoloi made great strides towards that end by empowering the masses through advancement and enlightenment.
Addressing the function, the Chief Editor of Pragjyotish DN Chakravartty said that Bordoloi was the greatest visionary and builder of modern Assam who did the pioneering work for establishment of institutions like the Gauhati University, Assam Medical College, Assam Engineering College, Assam Agricultural College and also the Gauhati High Court.
�He can rightly be described as the chief architect of modern Assam and among the bravest soldiers of India�s struggle for freedom,� he said, adding that a grateful Assamese community would remember Bordoloi for all time to come for his unflinching stand in safeguarding Assam from the clutches of Pakistan by resisting the evil design of grouping by the Cabinet Mission of the British government.
Niranjal Kalita, while expressing happiness at the publication of a volume on Bordoloi, dwelt on the multifarious personality of the statesman.
Choudhury in his presidential address said that Assamese people would remember Bordoloi for all time to come for his monumental contributions both as the leader of the freedom movement and as the first Chief Minister of Assam.
Satyadhar Muttock offered the vote of thanks.