Guwahati: The last rites of Ramesh Pathak, who breathed his last on Tuesday, are to be performed with full state honours as ordered by Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
Assam’s renowned linguistic, educationist and litterateur, Sahityacharya Dr Ramesh Pathak, who was suffering from some ailments for the last several months, passed away on Tuesday evening at his residence in the Hatigaon area of Guwahati. He was 79.
It was a day before his death; the Assam Prakashan Parisad visited his residence and presented him with the Lifetime Achievement Award. His death was a great loss in the field of Assamese literature and language.
Born in Tihu, Pathak has made tremendous contribution in the field of the Assamese linguistic by penning a number of books. A few years ago, he was bestowed with the Sahitacharrya Award by the Assam Sahitya Sabha.
He had immense contributions towards taking the thoughts of Assam’s great Vaishnavite saint Srimanta Sankardeva to foreign countries.
Pathak was a professor of Cotton University in Guwahati. He completed his primary education at Khalihaguri Primary School in 1952 and matriculated from Tihu High school in 1959. Later he graduated from Cotton College in 1963 and did his MA from Gauhati University in 1966.
Offering condolence to Dr Pathak’s demise, CM Sonowal wrote in Twitter: “I express my deep condolence at the demise of distinguished linguist and educationist Dr Ramesh Pathak. I express my sympathy towards the bereaved family and wish eternal peace for the departed soul.”
It is also to be mentioned here that, Ramesh Pathka lost his son Manikut Pathak, who was an Assam Civil Service (ACS) officer, in 2014
Manikut (43) an ACS officer of the 1997 batch, who held the post of a district gazetteer, was found murdered at his Hatigaon residence in the city on September 11, 2014.
The murder of his son still remains an unsolved mystery to the police and people.