Eminent Assamese litterateur Sashi Sarma Passes Away, Donates His Body, Eyes

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and other BJP leaders condoled his demise

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Eminent Assamese litterateur Sashi Sarma breathed his last in the late evening hours of January 28th, 2020 due to deteriorating health conditions in Nalbari. He was 89.

He was admitted at the Swahid Mukunda Kakati Civil Hospital in Nalbari at around 8 pm yesterday. The renowned writer and thinker from Assam is survived by his wife and three daughters.

The intellectual stature is said to be a living example of Hindu-Muslim unity in Assam. He was honoured with Soviet Nehru Award in 1968 for his book on Maxim Gorky. Apart from this, he was honoured with Sitanath Brahma Choudhury Award, Kalaguru Bishnu Rabha award.

Born on October 3rd, 1932 at Janigog village in Nalbari the intellectual and academician has immensely contributed towards preservation of Assamese language and culture. He also fought against poverty eradication.

The retired professor of Nalbari College who started writing books in 1965 has authored nearly 100 books—‘Nalbari and Sahitya Sanskriti’, ‘Rakharaj Bez Baruah’, ‘Mur Dekh Manuhor Dekh’, ‘Dharma aru Samaj’, ‘Sanskritir Biwartan’ to name a few.

He was an active participant in the 1965 Assam Sahitya Sabha Nalbari session, 1942 freedom movement and 1857 Refinery Movement in Assam.

As per his wish, his body has been donated for medical research and was handed over to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital after a procession today. His eyes have been donated to the Sri Sankardeva Netralaya hospital. Sarma has donated his residential house here to the CPI(M).

A 21-gun salute was given to Sarma’s mortal remains by the Nalbari Deputy Commissioner Bharat Bhusan Dev Choudhury today. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and other BJP leaders expressed grief over his demise.

Photo: Hirak Deka