GUWAHATI, Feb 19 � Reading of newspapers is a regular early morning habit of the people and the regular readers of The Assam Tribune are missing the regular habit for the last four days because of a strike by the hawkers.
Commenting on the problem, president of Save Guwahati Build Guwahati (SGBG), Dhiren Baruah said that he has been reading The Assam Tribune since the days he could remember. He said that as he is not getting the newspaper for the last four days, he is feeling like something is missing in his life.
Baruah said that his normal routine is to read different newspapers starting with The Assam Tribune immediately after getting up from bed. The habit had to be changed in the last few days as �I am not getting my morning papers. My driver comes to duty at around 10 am and immediately after his arrival, I send him out to bring the newspapers. But by not being able to read the newspapers in the morning, I am missing a major habit of my life,� he added.
Baruah further expressed the view that the newspaper houses should try to evolve a permanent system for distribution of newspapers so that such disruptions do not take place in the future.
Senior journalist and social activist Dhirendra Nath Chakraborty said that people like him are feeling �mental sufferings� as they have not been able to read the newspapers, particularly The Assam Tribune in the morning.
Chakraborty said that he has been reading The Assam Tribune for the last 70 years, since the paper was a weekly one and it has become unavoidable part of his day. �I read a number of newspapers starting with The Assam Tribune in the morning and because of the strike by the hawkers in the last four days, I am forced to go out to purchase papers from the stalls and my daily routine is broken,� he added.
Chakraborty said that not only him but the regular readers of newspapers are suffering mental agony as they are not getting their morning papers and held gross lack of social responsibility on the part of the agents and hawkers for the sufferings of the readers. He also expressed that the impasse would be solved amicably soon so that the readers start getting their regular newspapers.