GUWAHATI, March 24 - The role of elderly citizens in society in building up the character of the youths and channelizing their creative energy along safe lines are highlighted by several distinguished speakers at the 13th annual session of the Beltola Senior Citizens� Association held at the Social Welfare Department auditorium here today.
Dr Rabindra Kumar Sarma, Vice Chancellor, USTM, while inaugurating the session said the elderly citizens should hold before the young generation the great ideals of national figures.
Prasanna Barthakur, general secretary of the Association, welcomed the guests and explained the purpose of the function. Riju Hazarika, former president of the Kamrup Mahanagar Zila Sahitya Sabha, released the special issue of the Association�s magazine.
Prof Mahasweta Devi, while addressing the function as an appointed speaker, highlighted the role of the elderly persons in alerting and educating the young generation about their duties and responsibilities.
The chief guest DN Chakravartty said societies throughout the world depend entirely on its youth power in safeguarding its honour and building up its destiny.
Dr Anjanjyoti Choudhury, in his inimitable humorous style, regaled the audience with several anecdotes while placing before the audience the right role of the elderly citizens.
Oriental scholar Dr Ashok Kumar Goswami, who presided over the function, stressed the need for drawing inspiration from the past history of India in reshaping the nation�s destiny.
Dr Mokshada Barthakur, Prasanna Nath, Ranjana Kalita and Putu Baruah presented patriotic songs. A group of children also presented a chorus in the programme.