GUWAHATI, Feb 25 � Freedom fighter, publisher and grandson of the great Assamese linguist Hemchandra Baruah, Devananda Baruah passed away at the Hayat Hospital this morning.
He was 89 and had been suffering from old-age ailments.
Born on September 5, 1923, in Sivasagar district, Baruah took active part in the freedom movement against the British at a young age. Later he joined the Education Department and was instrumental in establishing the Sivasagar College.
A pioneer in the publishing industry, Baruah set up Hemkosh Printers in 1960 and published ten enlarged editions of Hemkosh � the first Assamese dictionary � between 1965 and 2011. As a publisher, he added over 80,000 words to the original volume compiled by his grandfather. Later he set up another Hemkosh Printers in Guwahati and also started the Hindustan Press. In 1989, he started the weekly Sadin with son Jayanta Baruah, followed by the daily Asomiya Pratidin in 1995. Two magazines, Nandini and Satsori, are also published by the same group.
He leaves behind his wife, two sons and a daughter besides a host of relatives.