GUWAHATI, Aug 28 - The Guwahati Senior Citizens� Association (GSCA) has appealed to the people of Assam in general and the youths and students in particular not to be misguided by vested interested circles harbouring bad designs against the unity and integrity of the State.
The observation was made with reference to the unfortunate incidents at Silapathar and lately in Nagaon in which irresponsible and misguided elements from the Bengali-speaking people created some untoward incidents involving the prestige and fair name of the Assamese people.
The GSCA, which observed its 17th foundation day at the Pandit Tirthanath Sarma Bhawan under the presidentship of senior journalist DN Chakravartty on Sunday, also urged the elderly sections of the State to guide the community along the correct channels.
Inaugurating the function, scientist Dr Dinesh Chandra Goswami urged the senior citizens to lead a balanced life with a balanced diet and balanced mental and physical exercise. He also requested the elderly people to see to it that their lives as senior citizens act as useful guides to society at large, especially to the younger generation.
Dr Hitesh Deka, Vice Chancellor of the Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University, in his address as the appointed speaker, regretted the loss of old values and the disappearance of the joint family system which were mainly responsible for the decadence of the moral fabric of the people and social cohesion.
Deben Gogoi, a nonagenarian and writer Eli Ahmed, were felicitated on the occasion. Acknowledging their felicitation, both Gogoi and Ahmed hoped that the GSCA would continue to guide the citizens of Guwahati and endeavour to mould healthy public opinion for general advancement of the State.
Chakravartty in his presidential remarks paid tributes to the memory of the founding fathers of the association including Justice Bhola Sarma (retd), Chief Justice Dambaru Pathak (retd) and Vice Chancellor (retd) Kamaleswar Bora for their outstanding contributions and initiation of laudable welfare schemes under the banner of GSCA.
He also spoke about the present socio-economic turmoil in the State with special reference to the untoward incidents at Silapathar and Nagaon, and stressed the need for harmony and unity among all sections of the people.
Noted musician Loknath Goswami enthralled the audience with three evergreen numbers.