Guwahati: A national level patriotic people’s forum demanded the immediate reopening of Karmavir Nabin Chandra Bardoloi library for the common people in general and book lovers in particular. In a meeting on the occasion of Karmavir’s 82nd death anniversary at Guwahati Press Club on 15 February, the Assam chapter of All India Patriotic Forum also emphasized on installing a life size statue of the great patriot in an appropriate location of the prehistoric city. Various speakers in the meeting highlighted the struggle, moral courage and achievement of Karmavir (1875 – 1936) paying rich tributes to the freedom fighter, political stalwart and patriotic writer. Addressing the meeting as the appointed speaker, senior journalist Dhirendra Nath Chakravartty described Nabin Bardoloi as one of the most outstanding national leaders of the pre-Independence era.
Padmashri Ajay Dutta, academician Dr Jagadindra Raychoudhury, AIPF Assam unit president Rupam Barua, social worker Jaharal Saha with many others remembered Karmavir for his tireless initiative for the nation and paid heartfelt tributes to ardent follower of Mahatma Gandhi.
Born on 30 October at North Guwahati Karmavir cleared his early education at Tezpur and later shifted to Kolkata for graduation in arts from Presidency College and law from Ripon College. He emerged as a prominent leader from Assam in Gandhiji’s non-cooperation movement. From 1921 to 1929, Bardoloi was arrested twice and sent to the prison for many months.
By 1934, Bardoloi was elected to the Indian Legislative Assembly and bestowed the responsibility of a spokesman for the opposition. Two years later he died on 15 February. Bardoloi was associated with the endeavour to establish the Cotton College and Earle Law College in Guwahati. He attended the Nagpur session of the Indian NationalCongress in 1920. Later he gave up his practices (law) and joined in the freedom movement.
The memorial meeting witnessed a number of patriotic songs, including one composed by Karmavir, were performed by Anindita Choudhry, Ruma Barua, Kishor Giri, Nava Thakuria, Namrata Dutta, Ranjita Rabha, Azlina Khanam, Kulageeta Saud etc in presence of journalist Ranen Kumar Goswami, Manoj Deka, Ranjib Sarma, senior citizens Uttam Barua, Hemchandra Sarma etc.
The Divided Soul, a documentary on the plight of Assamese people of China origin during the Indo-China war, has entralled the journalists at the Mumbai International Film Festival. Sahitya Academy award winner and producer of documentary Dr. Reeta Choudhury said today the film on plight of Assamese people of Chaina origin during Indo-China war. The documentary tells about the plight of the Assamese people of Chinese origin, who were subjected to persecution during the Indo- China War in 1962 and some of whom were deported to China after the war. This unrecorded history of the lives of the Indian-Chinese was in dark for last 48 years.
On Chinapatti of Makum in Tinsukia district of Assam, Choudhury saw the sufferings of the Indo-Chinese people and that inspired her to write the novel "Makam" and to produce the documentary.
Terming those people as friends, Choudury said : "They are originally Indian origin. They are our people. They must get equal security. The screening will be held on February 8 in Tata Theater at 2.30 pm.
A Breast Cancer Awareness Camp was organised at Parijaat Academy in Pamohi Village near Guwahati on Friday. The camp was organised by two volunteers, Kavin Woo assisted by Deerika Hunt, both from America. The event was inagaurated by the Director of Parijaat Academy Uttam Teron. Dr. Gitartha Roymedhi, incharge, Dept. of Social and Preventive Oncology of North East Cancer Hospital and Research Institute, Guwahati was the Chief Guest. In the welcome lecture Teron said that to cancer should be treated at the initial stage but only few people among us has his basic idea and the people in remote places like Pamohi are still not aware of this.
Woo said the reason behind the camp today is to make the local people of Pamohi aware of the disease called cancer, so that they can help themselves as well as others. Dr. Roymedhi said that Cancer is an enemy of mankind and to eliminate the enemy, one should know about the enemy very well. There are still lots of false and old concept about cancer in peoples mind which should be eliminated. People should know the warning signs of cancer to detect it. Cancer is 2nd highest cause of death in the world after heart disease. Breast cancer is very common in women everywhere bur it is easily detectable and curable. They taught taught the Breast Self Examination to the women present there. He also explained the preferred treatments for the breast cancer and its complications if not treated on time. The camp was attended by the parents of the students of Parijaat Academy. Beside the parents many local people were also present.