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Assam bids farewell to Goswami with full state honours

November 30, 2011 - Guwahati

The mortal remains of Assamese litterateur Indira Raisom Goswami were consigned to flames in Guwahati on Wednesday with full state honours.

Governor J B Patnaik, Chief Minister along with his cabinet colleagues, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee President Bhubaneswar Kalita, Chief Secretary N K Das and others also paid their last respects to the writer.

The 69-year-old author died yesterday following a cardiac arrest.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi placed floral wreaths on the body of the eminent litterateur on behalf of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi at the cremation ground.

A 21-gun salute was given to Goswami before she was placed on the sandalwood pyre for the last rites performed according to vedic rituals by her niece Mrinmoyee Goswami.

Goswami's last journey from her Gandhibasti residence began at 10 am and she was carried to the cremation ground, about two km away, by pallbearers.

The Ramayani scholar, known for her affection for the colour red and usually wore her trademark red sari and her red 'bindi' along with her kohl-lined eyes.

Apart from her literary work Goswami was also known for her efforts in bringing peace to the insurgency ridden state by persuading the banned ULFA to come forward for dialogue even setting up the Peoples' Consultative Group (PCG) in 2003 and appointing her as an advisor.

Goswami was the recipient Jnanpith award in 2000 for her contribution to Assamese literature.


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