NORTH GUWAHATI, Sept 19 - Under the aegis of the Amingaon Press Club, a memorial lecture on the life and various activities relating to growth of journalism in Assam of late Prafulla Ch Boruah, a former editor of Dainik Janambhumi, Dainik Asam etc., was held at the seminar hall of Juva Bikash Kendra, Amingaon recently.
The meeting presided over by journalist Munin Deka was attended by several invited guests, including eminent journalist Prakash Mahanta, senior journalist, Bhairab Sarmah, writer Prafulla Ch Mahanta, social activist Dr Birinchi Kumar Dev Mishra, Pari Saikia, a daughter of the late journalist and members of the public. The meeting was anchored by Madhusudon Medhi, a senior scribe.
Speaking on the occasion, distinguished journalist Prakash Mahanta of Asomiya Pratidin, spoke about how the competition to increase the readership of newspapers at the cost of maintenance of healthy and welfare-oriented journalism, had misguided the readers. He lamented that the silence of the wise men in the society on the growth of yellow journalism had created unhealthy trends in the media. Mahanta spoke about the contributions of late PC Boruah and urged the new scribes and writers to follow his ideals.
Earlier, floral tributes were offered at the full-sized portrait of late Prafulla Chandra Boruah.
The distinguished guest, Prafull Ch Mahanta in his speech narrated how late P C Boruah treated journalism as a sacred profession and did not compromise with it. The meeting was also addressed by Pari Saikia, daughter of the late journalist. In her short speech, she narrated how her father wanted to stick to the path of honesty at all costs.
Dr Birinchi Kumar Dev Mishra also narrated his close association with the departed journalist-writer. Another distinguished journalist Prof (retd) Bhairab Sarmah spoke how the various correspondents of print and electronic media in Assam were not getting what they actually deserved for their services.
The meeting felicitated 15 distinguished senior citizens with a phulam gamosa and a sarai each. The felicitated persons are: Prabhat Das, Dayal Das, Homeswar Sarmah, Sobha Das, Girish Seal, Lakshmiram Das, Arati Das, Anita Pal, Tilok Goswami (HM), Chandra Kalita, Krishnakanta Das, Keshab Das, Makhon Devnath, gaonbura Suren Das, Uttam Mazumdar and artiste Keshab Talukdar.