TEZPUR, Sept 12 - To keep alive the memory of Lokabandhu, Dr Bhubaneswar Baruah, the Tezpur chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) got his bust constructed at the IMA building campus here, which was formally unveiled recently on the 122nd birth anniversary of the great physician.
Dr Bhubaneswar Baruah was born on September 4, 1893 in Sadiya under Dibrugarh subdivision of the then undivided Lakhimpur district. After passing medical science in 1921, he had to sign an agreement to serve in government hospitals for a period of five years as he had completed his medical course with the help of a government scholarship. When he joined service, the nation was witnessing the non-cooperation movement. Later, he resigned his government job and started treating the poor and the needy people of the society free of cost.
He was a humanitarian, socialist, a Gandhian, an exceptional politician, sports organiser, freedom fighter and ultimately a good social worker. He had a great role in the shaping up of institutions like the Gauhati University, Assam Medical College, Ayurvedic College, Lokapriya Gopinath Bardoloi TB Hospital, Kasturba Ashram, Dumb and Deaf School, Srimanta Sankar Mission, Assam Mother and Children Welfare Centre etc. Because of his selfless zeal, Gwuahati Bank and Bhaskar Company were enriched.
The IMA, Assam Chapter in its 106th Tinsukia session in 1999 resolved to observe the birthday of this great physician as Lokabnadhu Day and the proposal was sent to the government which was passed by the government on September 2, 2000 revealing order No- HLA/709/2000/3. Since then September 4 has been observed as �Lokabandhu� Day. Dr Baruah adorned the post of the third president of the Assam Chapter of the Indian Medical Association for the period 1951 to 1952.
The bust was formally unveiled by his nephew and the former state president of the IMA, Dr Pramaathesh Baruah and president of the Tezpur chapter of IMA, Dr Lakheswar Bhuyan. It was followed by paying of tributes to the great physician by lighting a total of 123 earthen lamps. The office bearers of the �Non-doctor spouse� forum of Tezpur IMA and the invited guests paid rich tributes to the Lokabandhu. Dr. Pramathesh Baruah, Dr Suren Gogoi, Dr Hemendra Kumar Bora and Dr Satyajit Bora spoke on the life and contributions of Dr Baruah. In the programme, artist Muhini Hazarika who onstructed the bust was specially felicitated.