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Thursday, April 10, 2014
“Politicians want to reform the country forgetting to reform themselves” : Homen Borgohain
So said eminent scholar and writer of Assam Homen Borgohain at a felicitation ceremony in Borangajuli Satra at Dimakuchi on April 8. Borgohain was felicitated at Sankari Kala Kristi Bhawan,Dimakuchi along with writer Thaneswar Malakar ( former Deputy Commissioner,Udalguri) and noted businessman Mohan Jalan owner of JBs group.They had an interactive session with Bhakat Siromoni Harekrishna Mahanta Ata,founder of Borangajuli Satra and winner of Pitambar Debgoswami National Award at 11 am. Borgohain also planted a sapling at the Satra premises before the felicitation ceremony. Borgohain and other two people were felicitated with gamocha,japi,xorai and arnai each.
Noted writer Thaneswar Malakar thanked Harekrishna Mahanta Ata for inviting Borgohain to remote Dimakuchi near India Bhutan international border. He remarked that Bogohain had been the most discussed respected man in the state. He requested people to study his books so as to conquer mental depression. Mentioning about Bap Harekrishna Mahanta Ata,who had established 27 Satras in Udalguri district infested with violence,extortion,man-elephant conflict etc.
Borgohain while speaking was in all praise for Mahanta Ata,who at the age of 88 years is busy in his never ending mission of charity at a time when most other people have been running after wealth and personal comfort.He remarked that what Sankardev had introduced six hundred years back has now been forgotten by his present day followers. He specially thanked Mahanta Ata and Borangajuli Satra saying that had Mahanta Ata had been there in Majuli, Missing people wouldnot have converted into Christianity. According to him only Mahanta Ata has practically implemented ideologies of Sankardev by uniting people of all backward communities including Bodo,Rabha,Adivasi etc.in Borangajuli Satra. It needs mention that the Satra which was established in 1953 has now been run by a management committee headed by Suk Ram Boro and other tribal and Adivasi people. Referring to present day politics,Borgohain remarked that politicians of today want to reform the country forgetting to reform themselves.He expressed his displeasure at the activities of most of the present day politicians of India.
The felicitation ceremony was also addressed by Bhakat Siromoni Harekrishna Mahanta Ata, Gopal Jalan,Bipul Barchang etc. Suk Ram Boro,president of the Satra management committee offered vote of thanks at the end. Later Borgohain along with Thaneswar Malakar visited Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary in the afternoon and talked to forest personnel stationed there.