File photo of Bakul Ch Basumatary

Renowned writer Bukul Chandra Basumatary, who was also the retired legal advisor, Reserve Bank of India, regional director of National Housing Board, advocate of Mumbai High Court breathed his last on Wednesday in Mumbai where he was battling for life suffering from cancer since the last one year.

Basumatary had been taking treatment at Kokilaben Hospital, Mumbai in Maharashtra.

Bakul Basumatary, who did his graduation with honours from the Guwahati University and LL B degree with distinction from the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, Meghalaya was a member of the Assam Judicial Service from 1980 to 1984, the posts of Judicial Magistrate and munsiff under the High Court of Judicature, Guwahati, Assam.

In the year 1984, he resigned from the membership of the Assam Judicial Service to join the Legal Service of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Mumbai and retired as legal advisor, Reserve Bank of India and Regional Director National Housing Board.

Basumatary, as a student was an active leader and a pro-active social reformer.

He made continued efforts to reform the Bodo society and others by holding periodical conferences, meetings and discussions with the Bodos particularly living in villages and small towns.

His prime objective was to eradicate the vices of excessive drinking and blind beliefs, and to inculcate in them the habit of studies and ideas of reformation.

He contributed thousands of articles on various topics to several journals including the Bodoland monthly, the Bodoland Guardian, the Bodosa daily, the Voice of the Bodoland and the souvenirs published by the Bodo Sahitya Sabha and other organizations.

Basumatary was also associated with the BJSM and raised the issues of the tribal people before the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and RGI, Government of India.

His demise has brought a sense of gloom among the members of the WBHS. Different Bodo organizations also expressed deep sorrow over his death.

Rinoy Basumatary

Rinoy Basumatary is Northeast Now Correspondent in Kokrajhar. He can be reached at:

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