Assamese litterateur Homen Borgohain passes away at 88

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After suffering from a cardiac arrest, veteran journalist and eminent litterateur Homen Borgohain passed away on this Wednesday morning at GNRC Hospital in Guwahati.

Homen Borgohain was admitted to the GNRC in the early hours of Wednesday after he suddenly collapsed at his home.

The 88-year-old celebrated writer and former president of the Assam Sahitya Sabha, had tested positive for COVID-19 on April 24.Later on May 7, he tested negative for covid-19 and was discharged from the hospital.

 

Working as the Editor-in-Chief of Assamese daily Niyomiya Barta, he was awarded with the 1978 Sahitya Akademi Award in Assamese language for his novel Pita Putra. He returned his Sahitya Academy award in 2015 in protest against the lack of tolerance being created at the Indian society.

Homen Borgohain was born on December 7, 1932 in a small village in Dhakuakhana in Lakhimpur district of Assam. He joined Cotton College in Guwahati for higher studies after completing matriculation from Dibrugarh Govt boy’s higher secondary school. He also worked as an Assam Civil Service (ACS) officer for a brief period.

“Deeply pained to hear about the demise of eminent litterateur, a stalwart & veteran journalist Homen Borgohain who poured in massive contributions towards constructive positivity in various aspects of Assam,” said Assam Minister Parimal Sulabaidhya.

Ace athlete Hima Das said: “Saddened to learn about the demise of our prominent litterateur and veteran journalist of Assam Homen Borgohain sir. He was a former president of Asom Sahitya Sabha, the apex literary body of the state and lost his battle to Covid-19. My heartfelt condolences to his family. RIP”

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