Tarun Ram Phukan played significant role in joining Assam with the mainstream national struggle: Himanta
GUWAHATI, July 28: Deshbhakta Tarun Ram Phukan, a political analyst, impactful orator, a skilled hunter and a literary figure, together with Nabin Chandra Bardoloi and Chandranath Sarma, played a significant role in joining Assam with the mainstream national struggle of that period, said chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Sarma said this while addressing the Deshbhakti Divas organised by the Assam government’s Information and Public Relations department at the Deshbhakta Tarun Ram Phukan Park at Bharalumukh here.
Speaking at the event held to pay homage to ‘Deshbhakta’ Tarun Ram Phukan on his 83rd death anniversary, the chief minister lauded the late freedom fighter for his role in the nation’s struggle for Independence. “Deshbhakta Tarun Ram Phukan is one among the greatest freedom fighters who has engraved his name with golden letters in the pages of Indian Independence history,” the chief minister said.
Terming him a great humanitarian figure, the chief minister lauded Tarun Ram Phukan for his service towards the uplift of the socially deprived sections of the society. CM Sarma further said that the nation and its people would forever remain grateful to Tarun Ram Phukan for his contribution towards the freedom struggle.
“To honour this great son of Bharat Mata for his contribution towards the national freedom struggle, we (the Government of Assam) last year decided to celebrate this day of every year as Deshbhakti Divas. I am confident initiatives such as this would act as motivation for the youths to dedicate their lives towards national interests,” the chief minister added.
“During Mahatma Gandhi’s visit to Assam, Tarun Ram Phukan accompanied the national leader to various locations within the state. Tarun Ram Phukan travelled to nooks and corners of Assam to raise the awareness of the people against imperial rule,” CM Sarma stated, adding: “Deshbhakta Tarun Ram Phukan believed that Swaraj (self-rule) would be a potent weapon to empower the nation and its people. He worked towards achieving that end throughout his life.”
Tarun Ram Phukan’s grandchild Dr Hemendra Ram Phukan and Information & Public Relations Department commissioner & secretary Diganta Barah also delivered speeches at the day’s event. IPRD minister Pijush Hazarika, Mayor of Guwahati Municipal Corporation Mrigen Sarania, director of Information & Public Relations Bishnu Kamal Bora, Tarun Ram Phukan’s grandson Jiten Ram Phukan, granddaughter Indrani Baruah, among others, were also present.