MANGALDAI, March 7 � �During our childhood, we used to carry jute mats in order to sit in the classroom. But today, everything has changed remarkably. The world has now turned into a small village. There is no difference between two students sitting in two different corners of the world. But in this competitive world, the only way to success is hard work, hard work and only hard work,� opined Dr Sarbeswar Sahariah , a renowned kidney super specialist and a recipient of the prestigious Padmashri for the year 2013.
He was addressing the open session of the second foundation day of the General Caste Development Council of the State after receiving a public felicitation here at the Sanatan Dharma Sabha premises.
He urged upon the younger generation not to rely too much on their inherent talents as without hard work such talent will prove to be useless in the long run. He further pointed out that in the medical profession there is no need of brains as such, as it is only hard work that matters the most. At the age of 65 years I work for 12/13 hours a day and even keep myself ready for patients at any time. In his first public speech at his birth place after the Government of India declared his name for the Padmashri, Dr Sahariah expressed his strong affinity towards his homeland and said, �don�t ever forget your own people�.
Apart from Dr Sahariah, a number of prominent personalities of the State, including Dr Atul Sarma, another worthy son of Darrang and a scientist of international repute, popular actor of Assamese films, Biju Phukan, Mahananda Sarma, Burha Bhakat of Kamalabari Satra, Sonaram Sarma, well-known academicians Dr Basanta Kumar Bhattacharyya, Dr Nagendra Nath Sarma, Dr Suchitra Kakati, Ramani Sahariah respectively, world-famous bodybuilder Mahadev Deka, noted surgeon Dr Ilias Ali were also accorded a warm felicitation for their outstanding contribution in their respective fields.
The open session was presided over by Prabhat Kalita, chairman of the General Caste Development Council. Inaugurated by Dr Ramen Kakati, former Health Minister Dr Bhumidhar Barman released the mouthpiece of the Council and the souvenir published on the occasion.
The two-day celebration included a variety of programmes, including a seminar on the topic, �Relevance of Jyoti Prasad Agarwalla in the lifeline of Assamese society�, where Dr Bhabani Prasad Adhikari and Bharat Bhusan Mahanta presented lectures as appointed speakers.