Assam lagging behind due to protests, says Margherita College principal

GUWAHATI
Gunjanan Barua
Gunjanan Barua being felicitated by Tati Ahom Youth Forum. Image - Northeast Now

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At a time when many of the organisations of the State including students’ organisation All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) continue to raise voice in various burning issues of the State, the principal of Margherita College, Dr Buddhin Gogoi on Wednesday stated Assam is lagging behind compared to other States of the country due to involvement of around 27 lakh unemployed youths in protests and demonstrations.

Addressing a programme at Guwahati, Dr Gogoi said, “Protests are not the solutions to the problems that the State has been facing since long.”

It may be mentioned that most of the organisations and political parties continue to stage protests in various parts of the State against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

Referring to the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Gogoi said,  “At this time of identity crisis of the Assamese community, its language and culture, we need to focus on overall development of various communities of Assam. A meaningful and peaceful co-existence among the ethnic communities is the need of the hour.”

Stressing the economic development, he said, “The Assamese community, its language and culture cannot be safeguarded without economic development. We should be independent. We need to focus on innovation for bring in economic development.”

Gogoi further said, “Assamese is not just a community. It is a civilization like any other civilisations in the world. We should act like civilized persons.”

Later, in the programme organised by the Tai Ahom Youth Forum in association with the Chaopha Rudrasingha Saikshik and Unnayan Nyash, Gunajanan Barua, who secured 8th rank in the HSLC 2018 examination, was felicitated with a citation, a Pha-Sit and a memento.

Gunajanan Barua was a student of Dopani High School at Demow in Sivasagar district.

Dr Baleen Kumar Konwar, former Vice-Chancellor of Nagaland University was present as the Chief Guest at the programme.

Debabrat Sarma, principal of Jorhat College, was also present at the programme.

Mukut Das
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