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Parag Kumar Das commemorated on 29th death anniversary

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SIVASAGAR, May 18: Journalist martyr Parag Kumar Das was remembered on his 29th death anniversary by the newly formed Sivasagar Conscious Citizen’s Forum through a public meeting held on Friday. Paying homage to the slain journalist, teacher-writer Samsul Barik suggested that Parag Kumar Das’s insightful writings should be included in school textbooks.

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Pranjal Rajguru, correspondent for Asom Aditya, spoke about the objectives of the forum and emphasised that the life of the deceased journalist serves as a message for free-thinking journalists. The meeting also felicitated senior journalist MI Bora and subject teacher Abanti Borgohain. MI Bora shared his experiences, recalling the challenges faced during the birth of newspapers such as ‘Agaan’ and ‘Budhbar’, and highlighted the immense hardships endured by Parag Kumar Das. Writer Assad Ullah, journalist Khairuddin Ahmed, Ansaruddin Bora, Farid Ali, and Surendranath Mohan reminisced about the tragic day when Parag Kumar Das was fatally shot by unidentified assailants, sending shock waves throughout the media world.

 

Our Nagaon correspondent adds: The ‘Nagaon Nagarik Sabha’ observed the death anniversary of the noted journalist of the state, Parag Kr Das, as ‘Kalamor Din’ at Motiram Bora Memorial Park near Nowgong College on Friday.

On this occasion, the organisers felicitated several scribes as well as other noted dignitaries of the district. Gunindra Gayan, president of ‘Nagaon Nagarik Sabha’, delivered the welcome address, while former journalist and Lok Sabha MP Ajit Kumar Bhuyan attended the program as the chief guest.

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Addressing the gathering, MP Ajit Kumar Bhuyan highlighted his association with the late Parag Kr Das and emphasised how both of them raised their voices against the terrorism sponsored by the nation itself during those days. Bhuyan expressed concern about the growing grip of dictatorship rule in various parts of the country and the simultaneous drastic change in the character of society. He urged people to come together in an organised manner to fight against such dictatorship, warning that failure to do so would lead to trouble for everyone soon.

The program was jointly mentored by Birinchi Bora and Dulal Bora, the secretary and vice president of ‘Nagaon Nagarik Sabha’.

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