GUWAHATI, Feb 7 � The Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Award for National Integration for the year 2005 and 2006 was conferred today on Niketu Iralu and Shakuntala Choudhury respectively.
The award carries Rs 1 lakh in cheque and a citation each.
The award instituted by the Government of Assam was presented to the illustrious sons of the soil by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at a function held here at Rabindra Bhawan.
Accepting the honour, eminent Gandhian Choudhury, who has been serving the Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust, Assam branch, extended her gratitude to the people of the State and in her speech she dwelt on the life and contribution of Gopinath Bordoloi and how his ideals changed the destiny of Assam.
This Gandhian who has contributed towards the welfare and development of women and children is also held in high esteem for her humility and unflinching faith in the power of goodness. Under the guidance of Amolprova Das and Vinoba Bhave, Choudhury had prepared herself for a life committed towards the service of mankind and she proved her efficiency by managing 22 seva kendras across the North East. Undaunted by the hurdles, this Gandhian has succeeded in bringing about several positive changes.
On the other hand, prominent social worker Niketu Iralu, who has been working towards establishing peace in strife-torn Nagaland, said that the North East has been going through tough times and opined that the conflicts arising out of the aspirations of the people have been an eye opener to the situation of human diversity and isolation of the region.
An ardent believer in humanism, Iralu has been striving to overcome man-made barriers of nationality, religion, language and geo-political divide to spread his message of truth and peace. He called upon the people of the region to come together and strive for establishing stability. He further said that the honour bestowed on him by the Government of Assam will go towards reviving the link of understanding between Assam and Nagaland.
A soft-spoken man full of humility, Iralu�s journey to usher in hope and moral strength amongst his own people is on. �We are trying to walk the roadless road with hope for peace,� he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Tarun Gogoi said that the government was committed towards building a new society on the ideals of Gopinath Bordoloi and eradication of poverty and promotion of education. He said that conflicts in the region could be resolved through non-violent methods.
The function was attended by Minister of Cultural Affairs Bharat Chandra Narah, MLA Robin Bordoloi and many other officials.
Financial aid to three Sattras was also distributed on the occasion.