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The Assamese Diaspora and Assam.

The excessive euphoria, generated by the upcoming
jamboree of the Assamese Diaspora, to be held in
Guwahati in the early part of next year, raises a
couple of pertinent questions. Firstly, should
Assamese expatriates consider returning to Assam with
their money and invest into the future of what was
once their native land? And secondly, why do the
Assamese Diaspora, ambitiously called NRA
(Non-resident Assamese), work better and shine in a
country, say for example, the USA?

A Tribute to Late Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia

Several months after he passed away, we are still in
mourning for Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia, a giant of
Assamese literature and culture. His death was
untimely and premature. It created a shock in the
literary circles in Assam. The renowned literary
Assamese magazine "Gorioxi' has dedicated the November
2003 issue in memory of Dr Saikia. Many people have
written at length about Dr Saikia's contribution to
Assamese society. As a personal tribute to this him, I
would like to reproduce an updated version of an

Guest Editorial: Assam's Dwindling Economic Condition

Assam is one of the most resourceful states of India.
Assam receives plenty of rainfall --- so full of water
resources. The soil is fertile. It is full of green
and there are a large number of rivers including the
mighty Brahmaputra.  She has abundant forest resources
and she has the petroleum reserves, which she can
boast of. Assam is one of the largest producers of tea
in the world. Then why is Assam suffering from a
pitiable economic condition?

From Oz-land, with love: An illustration from "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"

A little girl  Dorothy   with her dog Toto crouching
in a small house. Scared. Their round,  big  eyes
staring through a cracked window pane to the vastness
wilderness  and beyond.  The house itself is being
uprooted and carried away by a  fierce tornado.  This
tornado carries these two scared souls, from  the
homely security of  Kansas, to the wonderful Land of
Oz ruled by the  great wizard. From there to  the
Emerald City, where the old wizard  rules, a yellow
brick road leads they  way.

Discovering Assam Tea!

One of the shared passions my wife and I have is tea.
We have had the pleasure of sipping mint tea while
buying rugs in Morocco, of participating in an African
Tea Ceremony in Cote d'Ivoire, and of  course
partaking of High Tea in England. One of our favorite
social gatherings is to host a tea-tasting party at
our home. Over the course of our marriage, our
knowledge about tea has grown and our palate for tea
has become if not refined, at least opinionated. We
like our tea black and sniff our noses at mere

Assam Forum formed in the UK

The Assamese people living in the UK have formed the
Assam Forum recently with the objective of addressing
the social and economic conditions in Assam. The Forum
would like to work with Assamese community of the UK
in case of big crises in Assam. They want to set up a
phone tree to be able to do teleconferences. One of
their objectives is to maintain neutrality and
transparency in the discussion of all issues regarding
Assam. The Forum's activities will be based on a
democratic process and the Forum membership is open to

Sankar Deva's Tithi Observed in New Jersey

Srimanta Sankar Deva's Janmotshov was observed at
Dayton Center, New Jersey, on October 4th, 2003. About
50-55 community members from New Jersey, Pennsylvania,
New York and Delaware participated in the event. The
event was jointly organized by the North East chapter
of Assam Society of America (ASA) and Assam
Association of North America (ANNA). The rainy and
grey weather failed to dampen the spirit of the
community members celebrating this important event
honoring the Gurujana. Brojen Bordoloi and Bimal

Chief Minister in the Bay Area

The Bay Area Assamese community held a get-together on
October 04, 2003 in honor of Tarun Gogoi, Chief
Minister of Assam. After the introduction, Sujal Das &
Satyajit Nath made a very nice and thoughtful
presentation on behalf of the community called
"CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR FOREIGN INVESTMENTS IN
ASSAM". The presentation focussed on the growth of
niche industries by utilizing the existing environment
and enhancing it where necessary. They also explained
how the NRA can help Assam a) by working with local

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SOLES for TOTS

During one of our annual visits to Assam, our young son, felt very distraught when he noticed rickshaw wallas and poor children without any footwear.

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