Homen Borgohain, a veteran journalist and Sahitya Akademi awardee, passes away at 88 - gatewaylitfest.com

| May 12, 2021 | GLF News, NEWS | No Comments

Source : Economic Times | Panache

Veteran journalist and Sahitya Akademi awardee Homen Borgohain passed away on Wednesday morning at a private hospital in Guwahati. He was 88.

According to reports, Borgohain breathed his last after suffering from a cardiac arrest earlier today. He had recently returned home after recovering from Covid-19.

Borgohain, who was associated with several newspapers, was awarded Sahitya Akademi Award in 1978 for Assamese language for his novel ‘Pita Putra’. He was acting as chief editor of Assamese daily Niyomiya Barta at the time of his passing. In 2015, he returned his Sahitya Academy award in protest against the lack of tolerance being created at the Indian society.

He was also the president of Asam Sahitya Sabha, the apex literary body of the state. Before pursuing a career in journalism, Borgohain worked as an Assam Civil Service (ACS) officer. He also wrote several novels, poetry and short stories.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and remembered Borgohain’s contribution to literature and journalism. “Shri Homen Borgohain will be remembered for his rich contributions to Assamese literature and
journalism. His works reflected diverse aspects of Assamese life and culture. Saddened by his passing away. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti,” he tweeted.

The eminent journalist was born in December, 1932 in a village in Lakhimpur’s Dhakuakhana district and graduated from Cotton college.

Through his career as a journalist and writer, he was honoured with many prestigious awards and his literary works have been applauded widely.

Some of his notable works are ‘Halodhiya Soraye Baudhan Khai’, ‘Timir Tirtha’, ‘Astarag’, ‘Progyar Sadhana’, ‘Matshyagandha’ and more

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