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Tributes to social reformer Dhanada Baruah

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 20 - The first death anniversary of Dhanada Baruah, eminent Sarvodaya worker and a staunch follower of Mahatma Gandhi and Vinoba Bhave, was observed under the joint auspices of the Kahilipara Senior Citizens� Association and Dhanada Baruah Janajagaran Trust at Dispur Press Club today.

The function was presided over by Jagat Chandra Bora, president of Kahilipara Senior Citizens� Association.

Inaugurating the function, senior journalist DN Chakravartty described Dhanada Baruah as one of the most outstanding Sarvodaya workers and a dedicated Gandhian, and narrated her illustrious career as a servant of the people, a prolific writer and a bold social reformer.

Dhanada Baruah, who participated in the Quit India movement during her early teens, confronted several difficult situations as a volunteer of the Mrityu Bahini of the 1942 movement. Brought up as a social worker under the guidance of Amalprabha Das, Dhanada Baruah served 42 years as a worker of the Kasturba Gandhi Trust.

Critic and author Dr Gobinda Prasad Sarma, while releasing a book on Dhanada Baruah, described her as an embodiment of sacrifice and a valiant freedom fighter. He said Dhanada Baruah held before the younger generation, especially the women, the ideals of courageous resistance against all social evils and conservatism in society.

Educationist Dr Anjali Sarma described Dhanada Baruah as a great freedom fighter and a noble daughter of Assam.

Devendranath Sarma, a close associate of Dhanada Baruah, recollected her services to the suffering humanity.

Bora, in his presidential speech recalled his association with Dhanada Baruah and described her as one of the purest patriots of the State.

Earlier, the function was inaugurated by Dulari Mahanta. Jagadeswari Haripriya Devidasi spoke about the influence of the Gita on Dhanada Baruah.

Prizes and certificates were presented to children who had participated in a drawing contest.

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