GUWAHATI, Dec 18 - Renowned writer-journalist Homen Borgohain was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award for his invaluable contribution in the field of journalism and literature by the RN Borooah and Protiva Borooah Memorial Award Committee at an award function held in the Assam Tribune group premises here on Friday. Borgohain was presented with a gamosa, a citation and a cash award of Rs 50,000.
The prestigious RN Borooah Memorial Award for best reporting on environment, tourism, conservation of nature and wildlife for the year 2018-2019 was given to freelance journalist Ranu Baruwa, while the Protiva Borooah Memorial Award on uplift of the poor and needy was conferred on Arup Shandilya, staff reporter of the Dainik Asam. The awards, instituted in the memory of late RN Borooah, former Editor of The Assam Tribune and his wife late Protiva Borooah, carry a cash award of Rs 50,000 each and a citation.
Receiving the award from eminent academician and Editor of Dainik Asam Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury, Borgohain reminisced about his personal association with the Assam Tribune group. Borgohain, who had served as the editor of Assamese weekly Asam Bani for four years, said that since the beginning of his career, he had the earnest desire to work in one of the publications of the Tribune group.
A candid Borgohain spoke on how his several attempts to be a part of the newspaper house went futile and the offer of serving as the Editor of the Asam Bani came when he least expected it.
He also spoke about his stint in a government job which, according to him, was a very stressful period for him. �Nevertheless, it was during this period that I got the inspiration to write Halodhia Soraye Baudhan Khai, he added.
Freelance journalist Ranu Baruwa, who bagged the award for highlighting the increasing trend of man-elephant conflicts in Digboi area due to construction of an oil terminal by Digboi Refinery obstructing an elephant corridor and open cast mining in the Patkai area, said that there was a need to encourage and promote more investigative environmental reporting. �I feel more journalists should come in the field of environmental reporting, specially in a state like Assam,� he added.
In his acceptance speech, Arup Shandilya spoke about his experience of reporting agriculture-related news from various pockets of Assam. �Our economy cannot prosper unless our agrarian base is strengthened,� said Shandilya, who in his award-winning entries highlighted how fish farming is proving to be a profitable venture for many farmers in the rural areas of Assam. He has also reported extensively on an agrarian revolution being ushered in the greater Jamugurihat area through cooperative efforts of Kanyaka organisation under the leadership of Sootea MLA Padma Hazarika.
Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said Borgohain�s journalism and literary pursuits have inspired the younger generations and would continue to do so in future.
Referring to writer-journalist Gabriel Garcia Marquez�s works, he said that even Borghain�s expertise in both the fields leave a deep impact on his readers. He also remembered his personal association with RN Borooah and the high standards of journalism pursued by him.
Dilip Chandan, Editor of Asam Bani who presided over the award ceremony, stressed the need for field reporting. �Amid extensive use of mobile and digital technology, journalists today must understand the importance of field reporting and investigative stories,� he said.
PJ Baruah, Executive Editor of The Assam Tribune and the convener of the award committee, introduced the awardees and highlighted their work. He also stressed the importance of field reporting, citing personal examples of the days when mobile technology and other digital modes of information were not available.