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Greening drive by Sivasagar centenarian

By A Correspondent

SIVASAGAR, Oct 16 � Setting a novel precedent, centenarian Umesh Rajkhowa made his 100th Autumn in life a memorable event by planting 100 wood apple (bel) saplings around the naamghar at Phookan Nagar here to commemorate his birthday.

A respected senior citizen of this historic upper Assam oil town, Umesh Rajkhowa, now 100 years old, served as a mouzadar during the British suzerainty.

Rajkhowa�s greening effort has not only added lungs to the already polluted town, but has also contributed to inspire the upcoming generation to contribute positively for the betterment of society, like planting medicinal trees of immense value and thereby adding a dash of green to the local landscape, his admirers here opined.

Talking to this newspaper, the centenarian mentioned that he had served as mouzadar of Silakuti mouza within today�s Sivasagar district, in 1942. He recalled how he had then refused to comply with the repressive order of the imperialist British government to levy excess land tax on the poor farmers, which was a punitive measure formulated by the British rulers to teach the natives a lesson for having dared to torch a British army camp located within the jurisdiction of the mouza.

In later years, it is on record that Rajkhowa had personally initiated establishment of a police outpost and a hospital at Tengapukhuri.

As for the medicinal properties of the wood apple tree, whose botanical name is Feronia limonida, its leaves are not only aromatic, but also possess some astringent and carminative properties. The gum that the stem exudes has a soothing effect on the skin and mucous membranes. The ripe fruit is refreshing, aromatic, digestive and a tonic.

Earlier, former academician and senior citizen, Deepali Chaliha, who is chairperson of Sivasagar Natya Samaj, lauded Umesh Rajkhowa for setting a worthy precedent on his 100th birthday. She urged those present to emulate the lofty ideals of the centenarian.

On a different front altogether, Rajkhowa claimed to have been anguished by the activities of the Congress party. �They have collectively failed to realise the dreams of the Father of the Nation�, he lamented. �The Mahatma�s ideals have been blown to the winds by the present Congress party�, he remarked.

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Greening drive by Sivasagar centenarian

SIVASAGAR, Oct 16 � Setting a novel precedent, centenarian Umesh Rajkhowa made his 100th Autumn in life a memorable event by planting 100 wood apple (bel) saplings around the naamghar at Phookan Nagar here to commemorate his birthday.

A respected senior citizen of this historic upper Assam oil town, Umesh Rajkhowa, now 100 years old, served as a mouzadar during the British suzerainty.

Rajkhowa�s greening effort has not only added lungs to the already polluted town, but has also contributed to inspire the upcoming generation to contribute positively for the betterment of society, like planting medicinal trees of immense value and thereby adding a dash of green to the local landscape, his admirers here opined.

Talking to this newspaper, the centenarian mentioned that he had served as mouzadar of Silakuti mouza within today�s Sivasagar district, in 1942. He recalled how he had then refused to comply with the repressive order of the imperialist British government to levy excess land tax on the poor farmers, which was a punitive measure formulated by the British rulers to teach the natives a lesson for having dared to torch a British army camp located within the jurisdiction of the mouza.

In later years, it is on record that Rajkhowa had personally initiated establishment of a police outpost and a hospital at Tengapukhuri.

As for the medicinal properties of the wood apple tree, whose botanical name is Feronia limonida, its leaves are not only aromatic, but also possess some astringent and carminative properties. The gum that the stem exudes has a soothing effect on the skin and mucous membranes. The ripe fruit is refreshing, aromatic, digestive and a tonic.

Earlier, former academician and senior citizen, Deepali Chaliha, who is chairperson of Sivasagar Natya Samaj, lauded Umesh Rajkhowa for setting a worthy precedent on his 100th birthday. She urged those present to emulate the lofty ideals of the centenarian.

On a different front altogether, Rajkhowa claimed to have been anguished by the activities of the Congress party. �They have collectively failed to realise the dreams of the Father of the Nation�, he lamented. �The Mahatma�s ideals have been blown to the winds by the present Congress party�, he remarked.

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