GUWAHATI, Aug 31 - Political borders should not be an impediment in the way of renewing the age-old ties between the Assamese and the Naga people, who have shared bonds of history, culture and tradition. This was the observation of the Editor of Nagaland Page, Monalisa Changkija, while delivering the Harendra Nath Baruah memorial lecture on the topic �Relooking at the bridges between the Assamese Naga chasms.�
On the death anniversary of Harendra Nath Baruah on Monday, a memorial function was held at the Vivekananda Kendra auditorium by Harendra Nath Baruah Memorial Trust.
In her speech, Changkija dwelt at length on the shared history between Assam and Nagaland, referring to Ahom �Buranjis�. Laying stress on frequent interactions between the two states, Changkija said that through better understanding and strengthening the ties, the vision of Harendra Nath Baruah could be realized. �We have to live up to the dreams and aspirations that Harendra Nath Baruah harboured in his heart. He strove not just for geographical integrity, but, most of all, for the cultural, traditional and emotional integrity of the entire Northeast,� she said, urging everyone to resolve to look towards the lives of pioneers like Harendra Nath Baruah to recreate a Northeast of his dreams. �Let us redirect our footsteps towards a stronger, better, healthier, more peaceful and more prosperous Northeast,� she appealed.
She pointed out that the chasms that were created for political and other reasons could be bridged by enhancing trade and commerce between the two states. �Healthy economies have always positively impacted politics and social relations. An invigorated trade and commerce between the two states can change the economy, which in turn can stabilize tensions,� she added.
Earlier, Dr Sibanath Barman was extended a traditional felicitation. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Barman recalled the life and contributions of Harendra Nath Baruah and said that people like the late Baruah had a deep commitment for the country. Describing the patriot as a blend of merit and humanity, Dr Barman said that the late Baruah will continue to inspire the generations with his ideology.