DHEMAJI, Oct 7 - To mark the death anniversary of martyr Kanaklata Barua, Sodou Asom Lekhika Samaroh Samiti organised Jatiya Chetana Diwas at Moridhal College Auditorium recently in association with the Dhemaji district unit of the women literary organisation.
The programme started with a flag hoisting at around 9 am by Dr Sukhalata Boruah, president of Sodou Asom Lekhika Samaroh Sammittee. It was followed by illumination of the ceremonial lamp by freedom fighter Lami Dutta.
Rekha Phukan, president of the Lakhimpur district unit of Sodou Asom Lekhika Samaroh Samiti, offered floral tributes to the statue of martyr Kanaklata Barua on her death anniversary.
An open meeting was held at around 11 am on the occasion. It was inaugurated by Binita Dutta, adviser of the State body of the organisation. In her inaugural speech, Dutta spoke about Kanaklata�s love for her native land. Addressing the meeting, Dr Swadhinata Mahanta, president of Sonitpur Jila Sahitya Sabha, threw light on how 16-year-old Kanaklata Boruah embraced martyrdom on September 20, 1942, during the Quit India Movement.
Remembering Kanaklata�s ultimate sacrifice for the motherland, litterateur Dr Mamoni Borgohain Gogoi and former principal of Moran College, Dr Anil Saikia, called upon the people to be inspired by her patriotism.
A souvenir titled Tejaswini, edited by Jyotsna Borgohain, was released in the meeting by Ajit Kumar Bordoloi, Deputy Commissioner of Dhemaji. A few other books, including Radha Churar Sewjia written by Bandana Dutta Hazarika, were also released in the meeting.
In the meeting, freedom fighter Bidyawati Gogoi, who is also a veteran writer, women organiser and an ideal mother of Dhakuakhana, was endowed with Swahid Kanaklata Award. It includes a sarai, a cheleng chadar, a shawl, several gamochas, a packet of books, a citation and a cash amount of Rs 10,000.
Archana Konwar, a student of Dhemaji College, who brought glory to Dhemaji district as well as Assam by winning National Award on innovation for three times, was also felicitated in the meeting. Labanya Lahan Chutia, retired principal of Dhemaji Girls� Higher Secondary School who won National Teacher Award this year, was also felicitated on the occasion. Bimala Gogoi Gohain, president of the reception committee, eventually offered the vote of thanks.