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Contributions of Veer Chilarai recalled

By Correspondent

MANGALDAI, Feb 9 � The State Committee of Asomiya Muslim Kalyan Parishad (AMKP) in association with its Darrang district committee on February 3 observed the birth anniversary of Mahaveer Shukladhwaj Rai, popularly known as Chilarai at Dekargaon near here.

The day-long programme held at Dekargaon LP School premises began with plantation programme, followed by paying of floral tributes, painting and speech competition among students with special reference to the life and ideology of Mahaveer Chilarai. Befitting the occasion, a seminar on the theme, �protection of the Assamese indigenous people� was held with Rahamsa Ali, president of AMKP in the chair.

Participating in the seminar as one of the speakers, Bhabesh Kakati, assistant general secretary, AJYCP highlighted the bravery, heroism, intelligence and above all patriotism of Chilarai and termed him as an all-time great warrior of the world, although he failed to find the necessary recognition at the national and global level. He also recalled the other contemporary brave sons of the soil like Lachit Borphukan, Bagh Hazarika etc., and pointed out that these great Assamese warriors fought against their mighty enemies with tremendous courage and extraordinary war skills to conquer over them. But he lamented that the future generation of these great warriors is very much in trouble with the very existence of these sons of the soil threatened within their own land due to differences in the name of caste, religion, language etc. He said that Assam, the land of Sankardev and Ajan Fakir, since very long is known for its communal harmony and brotherhood, but it is a section of politicians and unscrupulous elements who spread the seeds of division in the name of religion, caste, language etc., for their personal gain.

Speaking on the occasion, Makibur Rahman, headmaster, Dekargaon High School outlined the glory of the Koch dynasty which also ruled Darrang for a long period. He also explained about the necessity of exploring the history of one�s community to lead the community towards all-round development. Journalist Mayukh Goswami, stressed the need of necessary awareness generation among the local indigenous people regarding the ongoing process to update the National Register of Certificate (NRC). Paresh Baisya, an ex-student leader and local social worker Ajijul Haque also spoke among others while Jainuddin Ahmed, head master of Dekargaon LP School inaugurated the seminar. Earlier Faizul Haque, general secretary of AMKP explained the objectives of the seminar. Young artiste Kajol Nath presented a song of Dr Bhupen Hazarika to mark the beginning of the seminar. The programme came to an end with a cultural function in the evening.

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