JAGIROAD, Sept 22 - Eminent historian and litterateur Dr Rajen Saikia here on Thursday formally released a book titled, Assamese Literature during Pre-Independence Period: Contributions of Assam Civil Servants, authored by Dr Dipak Jyoti Baruah, faculty of department of English of Jagiroad College.
The book, published by EBH Publishers (India), was released at a meeting at the college conference hall in presence of a large gathering.
Giving a brief outline about the book, author Dr Baruah said that during the critical period of State�s existence before Independence, a section of Assamese civil servants worked arduously towards giving a new lease of life to Assamese language and literature. The humanistic and secular tradition was introduced to Assamese literature by them and, in turn, they ushered in a renaissance for Assamese literature. The book, he said, was thus a means of tribute to this Assamese modern intelligentsia.
While releasing the book, Dr Saikia lauded the author for chosing a unique subject for his study. In his brief address, he also called upon both the scholars and the students to take up some incisive studies into the lives and works of all those litterateurs who vowed to trail the path for modern Assamese literature and who had been the virtual moral guardians of the people of the State.