GUWAHATI, Oct 14 � In the backdrop of globalisation and neo-liberalism that has created a crisis for humanity, it has become pertinent to promote the philosophy of one of the pioneers of modern Assamese literature, Lakshminath Bezbaroa, who epitomised patriotism and nationalism.
Authors, educationists and intellectuals participating in an open session organised on the occasion of the concluding function of the 150th birth anniversary celebration of Lakshminath Bezbaroa by Sadou Asam Lakshminath Bezbaroa Dersha Basariya Janma Jayanti Udjapan Samiti, underscored the relevance of the contributions of the illustrious son of the soil under the prevailing circumstances of the State.
The function held at the auditorium of the District Library here today was attended by people from all walks of life and students from different schools. The day-long programme included a procession, a cultural evening, as well an exhibition of selected quotes of the prolific writer who set high standards in the literary world.
Addressing the open session presided over by author Nirupama Borgohain, Dr Chitralekha Das, secretary of the celebration committee, dwelt at length on the life and contributions of Lakshminath Bezbaroa and said that popularising the creations of the stalwart will stop the degradation that is creeping into cultural life of Assam.
�Assam is going through difficult times at present. Apart from the conflicts and subversive elements trying to destabilise the State, the invasion from the skies leading to cultural degradation is a matter of great concern,� said Dr Das, adding that the vision of Lakshminath Bezbaroa for a progressive society has to be realised.
On the other hand, educationist Dr Akhil Ranjan Dutta, in his address said that Lakshminath Bezbaroa laid the foundation for a modern progressive Assam. He stressed the importance of seeking enlightenment from the past through the medium of literature. The crisis triggered by globalisation can be tackled by discovering the ideology of stalwarts like Lakshminath Bezbaroa who wrote with a mission, he said.
�Lakshminath Bezbaroa did not bother about technical perfection as he wrote with a mission to bring change, to build a modern progressive society,� said Dr Dutta.
The session was also attended by many prominent citizens including Joinal Abedin, Bhupendra Nath Kakati and Sushil Barthakur.