GUWAHATI, April 7 - Tributes were paid to the memory of Dr Harikrishna Das, renowned medical surgeon of the British era and a great follower of Mahatma Gandhi, at a function held under the auspices of Kasturba Gandhi Trust of Guwahati, at the Guwahati Press Club today.
Mohandas Bhandari, a follower of Gandhiji and a retired company executive, presided over the function.
Hema Bharali and Sakuntala Choudhury � both nonagenarian devotees of Gandhi and members of the first batch of Sarvoday workers of Assam, while recalling their association with Dr Das, described him as a great philanthropist, a dedicated surgeon and a friend of the poor and the downtrodden.
Nishinath Changkakati, former DGP, in his speech, referred to the political thoughts and constructive programmes of action of Dr Das and his full adherence to the noble principles of the Gandhian idea of a true satyagrahi.
Senior journalist DN Chakravartty, while releasing a book on Dr Das and his role in the freedom struggle and development of society, said that Dr Das, who had established himself as a successful surgeon, dedicated his life fully to the cause of the welfare of the people and donated his entire landed property to the cause of social service through the different agencies of Gandhiji�s programme of national reconstruction.
Kusum Bora Mokashi moved a resolution condoling the death of Hema Kakati, a pioneer woman satyagrahi of Assam.
Dr Bhupen Deka, former Principal of Guwahati Medical College, also spoke on the occasion.
Nayan Bhandari Sarma, secretary of Sarvodaya Trust, explained the purpose of the function and Damayanti Devi of Kasturba Gandhi Trust offered the vote of thanks. Mahasweta Goswami sang a Saraswati vandana.