by NEWSNER , 2021-07-28 13:05:57
On the 82nd death anniversary of Deshbhakta Tarun Ram Phukan, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma paid respect to his statue at Bharalamukh, Guwahati. Deshbhakta Tarun Ram Phukan was a personality who played a key role in shaping the state of Assam.
A brief overview of the life of Deshbhakta Tarun Ram Phukan:
Tarun Ram Phukan, a politician, writer, hunter, and independence warrior who was born on January 22, 1877, was a multidimensional personality. He was known as "Deshbhakta" among the Assamese people since he was a real patriot who cherished his homeland.
Phukan travelled to London to study law and acquire his Bar-at-Law degree after graduating from Presidency College in Calcutta. Cotton Collegiate School in Guwahati is where he went to school. After becoming a barrister, Phukan went to India and joined the Calcutta High Court. He afterwards returned to Guwahati and worked as a lecturer at the Earle Law College.
Phukan joined the Congress in 1920 and was instrumental in the party's establishment in Assam.
When the liberation struggle began under Mahatma Gandhi's guidance, he left up his flourishing practice and joined the movement.
Mahatma Gandhi visited Assam in 1921 and stayed at his Bharalumukh house in Guwahati. Gandhiji's trusted companion was Phukan. They also did the "bidexi bostro dah jagya" (foreign goods burning) together.
After his elder brother, Late Nabin Ram Phukan, returned from London, he presented him with the ancestral mansion. It was constructed almost 120 years ago. After the British declared Congress an illegal body, Phukan was arrested and remained in jail till November 1922.
For his contribution to Assamese literature, he was chosen President of the Assam Sahitya Sabha at its Goalpara session in 1927. He wrote several publications, including "Jauna Tatwa," a book about sexual hygiene, "Mur Sikar Kahini," a book about hunting exploits, "Stuti mala," a hymn book, "Nigni Bhaworiar Kahini," a book of amusing poems, and others.
“We Assamese are a different nationality among Indians,” he declared during his presidential address to the Sahitya Sabha. Our language is distinct, even though it is based on Sanskrit.”
Phukan was also involved in a number of charitable endeavours, including the promotion of education and the upliftment of the destitute. He also pushed for the abolition of untouchability and gender equality.
He used to encourage Indian women to leave the confines of their homes and participate actively in national issues. In Assam, he promoted the use of Khadi and other Swadeshi products.
At the age of 62, Tarun Ram Phukan died on July 28, 1939.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma declared the 28th of July as "Deshbhakta Diwas" in his honour after the new administration was formed this year.
Article reference: https://www.pratidintime.com/deshbhakta-tarun-ram-phukan-a-true-son-of-soil/