ACA appeals for top honour to RG

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By Staff Reporter in Guwahati
  • Published 15.07.04

Guwahati, July 15: The Assam Cricket Association (ACA) has appealed to Dispur to request the Centre to posthumously award either the Padma Bhushan or the Padma Bibhushan to the pioneer of sports and culture in the state, Radha Govinda Baruah.

Addressing a memorial service on the occasion of Baruah’s 27th death anniversary here today, ACA secretary Bikash Baruah said the legendary “RG” should have been honoured a long time ago for his invaluable contribution to sports and culture, and steering Assam towards modernity.

“It never happened. But better late than never. I, on behalf of the ACA, would like to appeal to the state government to initiate steps to move the Centre to confer any of the two honours to him,” the cricket association’s secretary added.

R.G. Baruah was president of the ACA for more than a decade.

Endorsing the ACA secretary’s proposal, the association’s president, Gautam Roy, said said he would request chief minister Tarun Gogoi to take up the matter with the Union government before the nominees for the two civilian awards were shortlisted. Roy, who is also the state social welfare minister, presided over the function.

ACA secretary Baruah also appealed to the sports fraternity in the state to follow R.G. Baruah’s ideals and join hands to fulfil his dreams. “Completing his projects will be the perfect tribute to this great son of Assam,” he added.

R.G. Baruah’s son and chairman of the Assam Tribune Group of Publications, Tulshi Govinda Baruah, said a large number of sportspersons from the state could have been playing for the country at the moment if his father had been alive today.

ACA founder secretary Pulin Das, umpires’ board secretary Suren Ram Phookun and vice-presidents R.K. Kakati and Kamala K. Kalita spoke on the occasion and paid tributes to the forerunner among sports organisers in the state.