Jan. 22: Two NGOs, Save Guwahati Build Guwahati and Deshbhakta Tarun Ram Phukan Park Reconstruction Committee, will set up a library inside the Tarun Ram Phukan Park at Bharalumukh.
The library will house the works of Deshbhakta Tarun Ram Phukan — a prominent politician, hunter and writer — and the books written on him.
The park is located opposite the residence of Phukan, who passed away in 1939.
“We will start the work on the library this year. We will keep all the books written by Phukan and those written on him. The library will be set up inside the Tarun Ram Phukan Park. A portion of the funds will come from our members and another portion from the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority,” said Kailash Sarma, general secretary of the two organisations.
He added books written on freedom fighters would also be kept in the library.
The two organisations today observed Phukan’s 136th birth anniversary inside the park in the presence of residents and schoolchildren.
Phukan was born on January 22, 1877.
The programme began with a group song by the students of Kaliram Das Girls High School and then dignitaries highlighted the life and personality of Phukan.
Writer Pramod Chandra Bhattacharjya emphasised the need to use the audio-visual medium in teaching and informing the students about Tarun Ram Phukan. “He was a great personality who had become a living legend in his lifetime,” he said.
“I never met Phukan, but my father did. His youngest son, Nripen, was my friend. I have seen a pair of tusks of an elephant hunted by Phukan. He was a very good hunter. There are endless things to say about him,” said Bhattacharjya.
Senior citizen Dhirendranath Chakraborty said Phukan should be the role model of the young generations of Assam.
“Assam is fortunate that a person like Tarun Ram Phukan was born here, and it is unfortunate for the state that its 60 lakh youths do not know about him,” Chakraborty said.
Chakraborty said Phukan played the most important role in strengthening the base of the Indian National Congress in Assam just after the formation of its Assam branch.
“The few persons who set up the Assam branch of the Congress knew that the personality of Phukan, who had just returned from England after completion of his study, would attract others to the party. And it was right. Phukan, the third barrister of the state, made a solid base for the party in Assam,” he said.
Social worker Ajay Dutta lamented that Phukan did not get his due place in Indian history.