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Gandhian Shakuntala Choudhary feted on 100th birthday

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GUWAHATI, June 25 - Shakuntala Choudhary, social worker, ardent follower of Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave, and trustee of the central committee of Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust, was today felicitated for stepping into her birth centenary year.

Her selfless service to society and dedication towards the Gandhian philosophy was fondly recounted by a number of eminent citizens of the State and members of the trust from different parts of the country in a function held at Sarania Ashram here.

Choudhary was born on June 25, 1920 at Panbazar. Starting her career as a teacher in Nagaon and Guwahati, she came in contact with the Gandhian Amal Prabha Das and dedicated her life to social service and welfare of women. In October 1947, she left her home and joined the Kasturba Ashram and spent her life preaching the Gandhian philosophy, promoting self-reliance among women and working for the poor.

Under her leadership, the trust workers did commendable work in rescue and rehabilitation of the people of the State affected in the earthquake of 1950. She joined Vinoba Bhave during his padayatra in the State in 1961 and translated his Hindi speeches into Assamese. A winner of several prestigious awards, she has been the editor of Assamese Vishwanagari for the past 43 years.

Suraj Damor, secretary of the trust, said Choudhary is a living example of selfless service to society. Damor also gave an account of the activities taken up in 457 centres of the KGNMT in 23 States of the country.

Senior journalist DN Chakravartty proposed that the State Social Welfare department should introduce an award in the name of Choudhary in the field of social service. Padma Shree awardee Ajoy Dutta, releasing a leaflet on the life and works of Choudhary, said the younger generation should be provided an opportunity to spend time with people like her. Gandhian Hem Bhai also felicitated Choudhary. Others who attended the event included Nayan Bhandari Sarma, Dr Jeuti Barua, Dipti Barua, Mridula Saharia, Chandana Choudhury Barua, Kusum Bora Mokashi, Kishor Bhai and Dr Anjana Choudhury Saikia.

Trust members from Gujarat, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and many other places took part in the programme.

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Gandhian Shakuntala Choudhary feted on 100th birthday

GUWAHATI, June 25 - Shakuntala Choudhary, social worker, ardent follower of Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave, and trustee of the central committee of Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust, was today felicitated for stepping into her birth centenary year.

Her selfless service to society and dedication towards the Gandhian philosophy was fondly recounted by a number of eminent citizens of the State and members of the trust from different parts of the country in a function held at Sarania Ashram here.

Choudhary was born on June 25, 1920 at Panbazar. Starting her career as a teacher in Nagaon and Guwahati, she came in contact with the Gandhian Amal Prabha Das and dedicated her life to social service and welfare of women. In October 1947, she left her home and joined the Kasturba Ashram and spent her life preaching the Gandhian philosophy, promoting self-reliance among women and working for the poor.

Under her leadership, the trust workers did commendable work in rescue and rehabilitation of the people of the State affected in the earthquake of 1950. She joined Vinoba Bhave during his padayatra in the State in 1961 and translated his Hindi speeches into Assamese. A winner of several prestigious awards, she has been the editor of Assamese Vishwanagari for the past 43 years.

Suraj Damor, secretary of the trust, said Choudhary is a living example of selfless service to society. Damor also gave an account of the activities taken up in 457 centres of the KGNMT in 23 States of the country.

Senior journalist DN Chakravartty proposed that the State Social Welfare department should introduce an award in the name of Choudhary in the field of social service. Padma Shree awardee Ajoy Dutta, releasing a leaflet on the life and works of Choudhary, said the younger generation should be provided an opportunity to spend time with people like her. Gandhian Hem Bhai also felicitated Choudhary. Others who attended the event included Nayan Bhandari Sarma, Dr Jeuti Barua, Dipti Barua, Mridula Saharia, Chandana Choudhury Barua, Kusum Bora Mokashi, Kishor Bhai and Dr Anjana Choudhury Saikia.

Trust members from Gujarat, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and many other places took part in the programme.