DIGBOI, Oct 27 � Surendra Nath Baruah, the author of the famous Tribes of Indo Burma Border died at 10:40 pm on Sunday in his own residence at Alubari area of Margherita due to old-age ailments. He was 93.
Baruah hailed from Holalgaon of Lakhimpur and during his service period in the government of the then NEFA, he got settled down at Margherita. He is considered an authority on the history of the Stilwell Road because of his writings in both English and Assamese on the subject. He was the first to revive attention of the people of this region to the legacy of the Stilwell Road. His magnum opus, Tribes of Indo Burma Border, brought him international repute because of his profound insight into the demographic structures and complexities of the ethnic tribes spread along India�s border with Myanmar.
Baruah�s death has plunged the people of the township in deep sorrow. He leaves behind his wife, one son and three daughters.