A compendium of research oriented articles on the life style, language and culture of the population inhabiting the river islands and riverine areas of Assam authored by a research fellow of Gauhati University, Rehna Sultana, was unveiled by Dr Lilabati Saikia, former professor of Assamese Department, GU at a packed function at the Guwahati Press Club on Monday.
Rehna herself comes from an impoverished riverine village of south Kamrup named Sontali, passed her HSLC with a first division in 2007, HSSLC with star marks two years later and completed her graduation from Cotton College Guwahati in 2012. She is a double MA in Assamese from GU – one in Assamese language and another in Assamese literature. A recipient of UGC junior research fellowship, she has been travelling intensively and collecting information and data for her research project. So simultaneously with her research work, she also has been contributing articles and newspapers, journals, and magazines. Her first book in Assamese is a collection of articles of this nature that highlights facts about a community about whom very little truth is known to the world.
Welcoming the audience at the book launch programme, Jayanta Deka, a student leader from GU, informed the audience about the fact that Rehna’s zeal is not confined to academics alone. He informed, whenever any section of the society is affected by manmade or natural calamities, she is among the first to reach them with relief materials which she collects from her friends and well wishers.
Zamser Ali, a leading journalist, lauded Rehna’s parents for allowing her to go for higher studies and emerge as a role model for the community. Dr Monirul Hussain, former professor of GU, spoke on the history of the people spread over the length and breadth of the Brahmaputra Valley who have been affected by the manmade partition of the country.
Dr Lilabati Saikia, who unveiled the book, said, “Rehna is my student and I am proud of her. At a very young age she has done what even seniors find difficult to muster courage for. I can see in her some glitter of Mamoni Raisom Goswami who too had started writing from a very tender age.”
Among others who addressed the gathering were Dr Ajit Talukdar, former Principal, Arya Vidyapith College, Guwahati and Hafiz Ahmed, President, Char Chapori Sahitya Parishad, Assam.