GUWAHATI, Dec 27 - Dr Lakshminandan Bora, former president of Asam Sahitya Sabha held the parents and teachers of Assamese schools as primarily responsible for the rapid deterioration of the standard of Assamese used by the younger generation � something that has been evidenced more alarmingly in the last few decades.
Dr Bora, who was addressing as chief guest the pre-centenary function of Asam Sahitya Sabha organised under the auspices of Brihattar Panjabari Sahitya Sabha (BPSS) on Sunday, stressed the need for a concerted endeavour so that the mirth and enthusiasm with which the literary stalwarts of the Jonaki era had enriched Assamese literature.
Dr Bora called upon the Assamese people in general and writers in particular to be more vigilant in the proper use of the language to avoid any distortion or corruption.
Addressing the meet as appointed speaker, writer Anuradha Sarma Puzari criticised the younger generation over their improper use of the Assamese language. She said that it was indeed most ludicrous that the Assamese youths without having any command over English very often interspersed their Assamese with improper use of English words.
Dinesh Goswami said that the worth of any literary creation should not be judged by quantity. He expressed the view that the present-day Assamese writings indicated neither any profound study nor any vast comprehension about society and the environment about whom they were writing. Nagen Bhuyan presided over the function.
Earlier, one hundred flags of Asam Sahitya Sabha were unfurled by hundred men and women to mark the completion of 99th year of the Sabha.
DN Chakravartty, founder president of BPSS, unfurled the main Sahitya Sabha flag and paid tributes to the founding fathers of the great literary organisation.
The pre-centenary celebrations which had begun on Saturday included programmes for children, youths and women. A large number of children took part in the art competition.