Guwahati: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday along with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the auspicious beginning of the project to beautify Batadraba Than, the birth place of Srimanta Sankaradeva, the cultural and spiritual icon at a programme held at Batadraba in Nagaon.
While paying his rich tributes to Srimanta Sankaradeva, Shah in his speech said that starting his devout journey from the state of Assam, Sankaradeva spread his culture and philosophy to the entire state.
Referring to Father of the Nation who also said Sankaradeva’s teachings and philosophy helped in creating a Ram Rajya, Shah said that it the duty of the ruler to look after weak, poor and marginalised sections of the society which is also the essence of Sankaradeva’s philosophy.
The Union Minister also said that the State government’s efforts in making an ideal memorial at the birth place of Srimanta Sankaradeva involving a financial outlay of Rs 180 crore is really praiseworthy.
The Union Home Minister also expressed his dismay over the failure of the Congress Government for not doing anything substantial at Batadraba which ruled the state for 15 years. However, the present State government immediately after coming to power in 2016 took powerful steps in transforming Batadraba into an iconic site.
Remembering the role of the freedom fighters from Nagaon who laid down their lives for the cause of independence, he hailed Gpoinath Bordoloi’s contribution to retain Assam with India.
Shah said if it was not Gopinath Bordoloi the people of Assam would have lost the privilege to be with India. He at the same time hailed Hima Das and Angarag Mahanta for their contributions.
He also said that it is because of the Centre’s attention to North East, different insurgent groups came to the main stream of the society after laying down their arms. He also mentioned about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visits to North East which he made record number of 35 times.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal while speaking on the occasion said that without Srimanta Sankaradeva, Srimanta Madhabdeva Assam cannot make its presence felt at the global stage. It is because of the unparallel role of the Gurujonas, people of Assam have been in a position to promote their culture, tradition, spiritualism etc to the world stage.
Himanta Biswa Sarma, finance minister of Assam, termed the day as very important. He said that the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah for inaugurating the construction of beautification work of Batadraba Than has made the people of Assam happy.