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Disability defeated by willpower

  •  Rakesh with wife and son
    Rakesh with wife and son

Will power has an important role in human life and those who have stamina to fight all odds, set an example for others to follow for a successful life. Even disability can be defeated if a person has determination to lead a peaceful life. We find a number of cases in the world when people lose heart on their failures in life. At the same time there are certain exceptions, who despite many odds in their life make it worth living by their strong will power. Here is an example of the life of a person who came out from a small village of Siyani Belchhi in the district of Jamui in Bihar. Born on January 2,1952, Rakesh Pathak became a handicap suffering from paralysis in his right leg at his tender age of two years. He passed his childhood and primary schooling in a small village of Banka district in Bihar. Afterwards, he shifted to Bhagalpur and completed his matriculation examination from Bahadurpur High School. For higher education he had to go Patiala, where he completed his degree examination in Arts from Punjabi University. In search of livelihood he came to Guwahati during year 1978. Life was tough, but he has to live it, so he started private tuitions and subsequently joined some private schools. He became very popular in the locality as a Hindi teacher in due course.

Meanwhile, he was offered a jobs in local Hindi daily newspapers as a journalist. After half a decade serving as a journalist, Rakesh returned to the teaching profession and joined a private school as Senior Hindi teacher. Destiny had to test his patience further and in February 2000 his left leg and hand suffered heavy paralysis attack. He lost his school job as he became completely invalid. Even it was not possible for him to go for toilet without the help of his wife Rani and son Samir. Now he is completely bed-ridden. Some students come to his room for taking tuitions, which is the main source of his income. Rest of the time he passes in reading, writing and translating eminent Assamese writers’ books in Hindi. He has done good study of Assamese literature. Asom Rashtra Bhasha Prachar Samiti got a number of history, geography and social studies text books from class seven to ten, translated in Hindi by him. He has become a bridge between the Assamese and Hindi literature. His translation of eminent Assamese writer Rajani Kanta Bardoloi’s novel ‘Manomati’ was published by Gyan Vigyan Samiti. Sentinel Hindi newspaper published in series Ranju Hazarika’s novel ‘Ek Dweep Sat Kabra’. Sahitya Academy awardees novel ‘Abhiyatri’ written by Nirupama Borgohain was also translated in Hindi by Rakesh Pathak for Doordarshan. Besides, he keeps himself busy in the translation works in Hindi from other languages. A few books written by him in ‘Angika’, (which is a native language) have been published. On January 3, 2014, Rakesh Pathak was felicitated by Jahnavee Angika Sanskriti Sansthan for Hindi and Angika writings.

Since the year 2000, Rakesh Pathak keeps himself busy with independent writing, freelance journalism and Hindi teaching. He is not a beneficiary from government agencies or other institutions. He needs cooperation not kindness. (He can be contacted on his mobile No.09864150953).

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Meritorious HSLC students feted

11 Jun 2017 - 9:04am | Shajid Khan

In a bid to encourage the ignited spirits of Tangla  Jana Jagaran Society organised a felicitation programme for  the meritious students who passed out  HSLC at the Bor Tangla ME school on the outskirts of the town on Saturday.

The felicitation programme was graced as chief guest by Nilamoni Bora retired Principal of Tangla HS .The programme which was presided over by Santeswar Rabha President of the society was sponsored by P& D Enterprise co-ordinated by noted comedian and actor Bipul Rabha and Khoirabari Revenue Circle Officer Lakhya Jyoti Das.

The maiden speech on the programme was delivered  by Ashim  Roy. Speaking on the ocassion Nabin Ch. Bezbaruah said that the district is lacking behind in education sphere,not many students of the region make into competitive examinations.He urged the students to set definite goals and struggle to achieve them. He hailed Jana Jagaran Society and Dipen Das(Toppa) the propietor of P & D Enterprise for organising such an event.

Nilamoni Bora attending the programme as chief guest said ," Our society has been engulfed by anti-social elements.It is quite absurd to read incidents of Murder,rape ,molestation  which grabs headlines in daily newspapers.

"All round develipment is the sole purpose of education. Today's youth has been gripped by three things Mobile ,Motor-bike and alcohol which has pushed them to edge of dangerous things.

Questioning the state govt. on its stance on dry state status to Assam he said," Chief Minister Sonowal boasts that it is Sankar-Madhavs' land ajd we should inspired by their teachings. But did they teach to drink alcohol. Why can't Assam be a dry state he questioned? Assam blessed with numerous revebue generating resources feom tea, oil is not depended on alcohol and wine shops and alcohol distillaries for revenue.He further said that the Politicians should not resort to such politics which which destroys the youth as there have been open sale of drugs and alcohol. Noted comedian and actor Bipul Rabha also spoke on the ocassion and entertained them.

In the felicitation programme as many as 130 students who passed out HSLC 2017 were feted with a mementos, phulam gamocha . The students also expressed their gratitude to the members of the society for feting them.

Veteran journalist Tilak Hazarika hospitalized

20 Sep 2016 - 10:26am | AT News

Veteran Assamese editor-journalist Tilak Hazarika was hospitalized on Monday night at GNRC hospital (Dispur campus) following brain hemorrhage. According to the hospital source, his condition remains critical. The former editor of Asom Bani and Sadin was not feeling well for some time due to age related ailments.

Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal wishes his early recovery and announced that his entire medical expenditure will be borne by his government at Dispur.

Martys’ Day an insult!

9 Dec 2016 - 8:30pm | AT News

The Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad has raised serious doubts over the government's real intention to observe the Assam Martyrs’ Day amid an escalating protest against the move to amend the citizenship bill.

In a press statement issued in Guwahati on Friday, AJYCP president Biraj Kumar Talukdar said that the Day would be more an insult to the 855 people who made supreme sacrifice to make Assam free of the Bangladeshi immigrants. “They sacrificed for a greater and noble cause and not for cash to their family members. But observing the  Day to honour the martyrs even after stepped up efforts to toll out red carpet for the Hindu Bangladeshi immigrants itself is disgusting,” said Talukdar.

Talukdar observed that only the implementation of the Assam Accord,1985 would be the real honour to the martyrs. “Distributing cash to the family members and downplaying the noble cause would only belittle their sacrifice. The real intention is nothing but to woo the martyrs’ family members at a time when Delhi and Dispur jointly have been leaving no stone unturned to pave the way for more and more Hindu Bangladeshis to settle in the state to safeguard their political interest with a huge vote bank,” observed the AJYCP president.

He asked the government not to remember the Assam Agitation martyrs downplaying the noble cause that encouraged them to sacrifice their lives. He further urges the people to beware of the state conspiracy to turn Assam into yet another safe abode of the Hindu Bangladeshi immigrants.