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Top Assamese litterateur Homen Borgohain dies at 89

Homen Borgohain, a Sahitya Akademi awardee and renowned litterateur, died here on Wednesday as a result of post-Covid-19 complications, doctors said. He was 89 years old.

The eminent Assamese author and writer, who died in a private hospital in this city, is survived by two sons. For many years, he has been estranged from his wife Nirupama Borgohain, who is also a well-known writer and journalist.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma were among those who expressed condolences for his demise.

Borgohain’s last rites were conducted Wednesday afternoon with absolute state honors.

On April 24, he was diagnosed with Covid-19 and admitted to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital. He was discharged on May 7 after recovering from the illness.

The former president of Assam’s illustrious Sahitya Sabha collapsed from his bed late Tuesday night and was rushed to a private hospital, where he died on Wednesday.

The octogenarian author’s literary oeuvre contains eleven novels and four non-fiction books. He received the Sahitya Akademi award in 1978 for his novel “Pita Putra” (father and son) but returned it in 2015 in protest of the country’s growing intolerance.

Apart from novels, he also published many collections of short stories and poems.

Until his passing, the Assam Civil Service officer turned writer edited many Assamese dailies and weeklies.

Borgohain was born on December 7, 1932, in Dhakuakhana, eastern Assam’s Lakhimpur district.

Modi expressed condolences for his death in a tweet: “Shri Homen Borgohain’s contributions to Assamese literature and journalism will be remembered. His works encompassed a wide range of facets of Assamese life and history. We are saddened by his death. We extend our condolences to his relatives and friends. Shanti Om.”

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma expressed profound shock, saying that the citizens of Assam had lost a protector with his passing.

He mentioned that the state government will take all possible measures to safeguard Borgohain’s creations and ideologies.

“The Assam government will take all necessary steps to ensure the survival of Borgohain’s priceless creations and philosophy among the younger generation,” the Chief Minister said after paying his final respects to the late writer.

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti

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