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Contributions of Prabhat Chandra Sarma recalled

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 6 - Tributes were paid to the memory of Prabhat Chandra Sarma, educationist revolutionary, freedom fighter and social reformer, at a function held at the Vivekananda Kendra on the occasion of his birth centenary.

The centenary celebration was organised by Guwahati Sabita Sabha with assistance from the family members of the departed freedom fighter.

Dr Banikanta Sarma, president, Guwahati Sabita Sabha, presided over the function. Dr Roman Sarma, general secretary of Guwahati Sabita Sabha, welcomed the guests and explained the significance of the occasion.

Inaugurating the function and lighting the ceremonial lamp, senior journalist DN Chakravartty recollected the manifold qualities of head and heart of Sarma and dwelt on his great contributions as a revolutionary freedom fighter, educationist and social reformer.

Referring to the seven stages of India�s struggle for freedom, Chakravartty said that the country did not achieve freedom only through the independence movement led for 30 years by the Congress under Gandhiji. He explained how the Indian people, right from the revolt by the princes from 1760 and spanning through Sepoy revolution, peasant revolutions, tribal mutinies, the Congress movement, the INA movement under Netaji and revolts by the Indian Navy fought for India�s independence, scripting shining chapters of the struggle for freedom.

A book on Prabhat Chandra Sarma edited by Prof Upendranath Sarma was released by Dr Kulendu Pathak, former Vice Chancellor of Dibrugarh University.

Dr Pathak in his speech recollected the sacrifices made by Sarma as a great freedom fighter and referred to his manifold services as an educationist and social thinker.

He said that a hitherto unknown chapter of Gauhati University where Dr Bhupen Hazarika, while working as a professor in the varsity in 1954, tried to introduce Mass Communication as a subject in the university but could not succeed because of certain factors. Had he succeeded, then Gauhati University would have been the second university in the country with Mass Communication as a subject in the curricula.

Prof Upendranath Sarma, in his speech, described Sarma as a great thinker, Sanskrit scholar and a historian.

Delivering a speech on Prabhat Sarma as a revolutionary, Dr Chandra Mohan Sarma spoke about the deeds of the scholar and referred to the great struggle he had to overcome to establish himself as an educationist in his later life.

Dr Sunil Pawan Baruah delivered a speech on Assam�s glorious role in the country�s struggle for freedom. He recollected the sacrifices made by several patriots during the early stages of the freedom struggle. He also spoke on the role of Assam in the 1942 Quit India Movement, in which, besides those who embraced martyrdom, hundreds of unknown men and women underwent incalculable sufferings at the hands of the British rulers.

Dr Banikanta Sarma, in his presidential address, termed Sarma as a great social reformer with unparalleled patriotism. He hoped that the new generations of Assamese youth would get inspiration from the deeds of courage of Sarma.

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Contributions of Prabhat Chandra Sarma recalled

GUWAHATI, May 6 - Tributes were paid to the memory of Prabhat Chandra Sarma, educationist revolutionary, freedom fighter and social reformer, at a function held at the Vivekananda Kendra on the occasion of his birth centenary.

The centenary celebration was organised by Guwahati Sabita Sabha with assistance from the family members of the departed freedom fighter.

Dr Banikanta Sarma, president, Guwahati Sabita Sabha, presided over the function. Dr Roman Sarma, general secretary of Guwahati Sabita Sabha, welcomed the guests and explained the significance of the occasion.

Inaugurating the function and lighting the ceremonial lamp, senior journalist DN Chakravartty recollected the manifold qualities of head and heart of Sarma and dwelt on his great contributions as a revolutionary freedom fighter, educationist and social reformer.

Referring to the seven stages of India�s struggle for freedom, Chakravartty said that the country did not achieve freedom only through the independence movement led for 30 years by the Congress under Gandhiji. He explained how the Indian people, right from the revolt by the princes from 1760 and spanning through Sepoy revolution, peasant revolutions, tribal mutinies, the Congress movement, the INA movement under Netaji and revolts by the Indian Navy fought for India�s independence, scripting shining chapters of the struggle for freedom.

A book on Prabhat Chandra Sarma edited by Prof Upendranath Sarma was released by Dr Kulendu Pathak, former Vice Chancellor of Dibrugarh University.

Dr Pathak in his speech recollected the sacrifices made by Sarma as a great freedom fighter and referred to his manifold services as an educationist and social thinker.

He said that a hitherto unknown chapter of Gauhati University where Dr Bhupen Hazarika, while working as a professor in the varsity in 1954, tried to introduce Mass Communication as a subject in the university but could not succeed because of certain factors. Had he succeeded, then Gauhati University would have been the second university in the country with Mass Communication as a subject in the curricula.

Prof Upendranath Sarma, in his speech, described Sarma as a great thinker, Sanskrit scholar and a historian.

Delivering a speech on Prabhat Sarma as a revolutionary, Dr Chandra Mohan Sarma spoke about the deeds of the scholar and referred to the great struggle he had to overcome to establish himself as an educationist in his later life.

Dr Sunil Pawan Baruah delivered a speech on Assam�s glorious role in the country�s struggle for freedom. He recollected the sacrifices made by several patriots during the early stages of the freedom struggle. He also spoke on the role of Assam in the 1942 Quit India Movement, in which, besides those who embraced martyrdom, hundreds of unknown men and women underwent incalculable sufferings at the hands of the British rulers.

Dr Banikanta Sarma, in his presidential address, termed Sarma as a great social reformer with unparalleled patriotism. He hoped that the new generations of Assamese youth would get inspiration from the deeds of courage of Sarma.

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