Jorhat, Sept. 4: Cinnamara College here has embarked on an ambitious mission to record the history of 40 revenue villages in south Jorhat in a bid to preserve tradition, which is getting lost or changing with the passage of time.
Anjan Saikia, a history professor of the college, said the micro-level study would be compiled into 40 booklets in Assamese and English so that it can be read in other parts of the world.
“Each village has a different name. There is the Koronga Raidang Kamar Gaon, Koronga Saringia Gaon, Koronga Bamun Gaon, Koronga Baruah Gaon and Koronga Katoni Gaon, to name a few. Each village is steeped in history and is filled with tradition and lore. We shall trace the origin of the villages and record their past. This will enable us to know how a village progresses, say 50 years from now,” Saikia said.
“Koronga Baruah Gaon has a sizeable population of goldsmiths while Koronga Raidang Kamargaon has a population of artisans and weavers. How these people came to settle here and what was their contribution to society makes a part of our regional history. From regional history, we get a larger perspective of national history,” he added. Saikia, who initiated the project, said they had compiled the history of 16 villages.
Through National Social Service, students of the college will undertake social work in the other 24 villages and help to collect information from the elderly and educated in the area.
“By digging into the life of the people and all that happened since the village came into existence, we have also been able to awaken their interest in history. Recording the tradition, culture, social life, literary output, problems and prospects and relating to all these gives one a sense of identity as well,” he said.
Quoting Mahatma Gandhi that India begins and ends in its villages, he said, “This microcosm is the essence of India and we cannot let this part of us get lost in the annals of time and globalisation.”
In the next two years, the college hopes to publish 40 booklets on each of the villages through its branch of the Asam Sahitya Sabha and the publishing house, Prakashan.
Saikia had also approached the Indian Council of Historical Research for funds and received a positive response for the project.
He said once these 80 booklets of nearly 50 pages each were published, they would take up another part of Jorhat.