NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Nov 3 - The 26th annual conclave of Srimanta Sankardeva Sangha (SSS) for Children, Youth and Mothers (Sishu, Yuva and Aai-Matri Samaroh) concluded in Naraynpur in Lakhimpur district today with reiterated calls for inclusivity.
On the third and final day of the conclave today, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal attended the open session of the meet as chief guest. Addressing a huge gathering of the devout followers of SSS, Sonowal said that Mahapurush Srimnata Sankaradeva unified Assamese nationalism by incorporating the broader order of spiritualism and inclusiveness. He appealed to the youth and women of the State to work for the development of Assam by emulating the values of Srimanta Sankaradeva. Sonowal also asked the Srimanta Sankardeva University to propagate the teachings of the great social reformer and cultural icon by introducing his immense works in the textbooks and assured all kinds of assistance by the State government in this regard.
Sonowal also planted a sapling on the occasion at the venue. Planting the sapling, the Chief Minister said that one tree is equal to 100 children and urged every member of the SSS to plant a tree in order to make Assam a clean and green State.
Earlier on Friday, the three-day mega event was inaugurated at the Madhabdeva Samannaya Kshetra in Narayanpur with the hoisting of the dharmadhwajja by Kamala Kanta Gogoi, the Padadhikar after morning prayers and naam prasanga. This was followed by the flagging off of the cultural procession and Bhagawata Yatra by Angoorlata Deka, Chairperson, Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra and MLA. The cultural procession was participated by the diverse ethnic troupes of the Assam along with devotional recitation of the Bhagawat and songs and dances.
A symposium on �The Relevance of the ideals of Sankarism for the unity of ethnicity of Assam� was held under the chair of Kamala Kanta Gogoi, the Padadhikar. The symposium was inaugurated by Babul Bora, secretary of SSS and was attended by Bhabendra Nath Deka, chief advisor of SSS, Pijush Hazarika, Minister of State for PWD and Angoorlata Deka as guests of honour. Dr Jagat Chandra Kalita of Abhayapuri College attended the symposium as resource person along with Puranjay Sonowal of Pub Dikrong College and Dr Suresh Bora.
In the afternoon, the session for children and mothers were held. The session was conducted by Urmila Pathak, secretary of the SSS�s children and mother�s wing. The session was inaugurated by Dr Karabi Deka Hazarika, Head of Department of Assamese, Dibrugarh University. Prof Anuradha Sarma of Gauhati University and Manju Gharphalia of Nazira HS School inaugurated two souvenirs of the session in that meeting. Dr Gayatri Bora Kakaty of Kamatgaon College attended the session as the appointed speaker. The three day children, youth and women conclave was organised by the district committee of the SSS�s Bihpuria-Narayanpur unit.