Journalists and well-wishers working in the region will pay homage to renowned author-journalist Chandra Prasad Saikia, at a function organized at the Guwahati Press Club on August 8 on the occasion of Saikia’s 11th death anniversary.

Padma Bhusan CP Saikia mentored many journalists of Assam during his tenure as the editor of Natun Dainik, which heralded a new wave of modern journalism.

The illustrious journalist was also credited for initiating the book fair movement in Assam since 1984. As the secretary of state publication board, he edited Prakash, an Assamese literary magazine and also took leadership to publish a number of invaluable books like Hasti Vidyarnava, Kautilyar Arthashastra, Prachya Shasanawali, Sattriya Nritya etc.

A freedom fighter, novelist, editor and commentator, CP Saikia (1927-2006) was honoured with prestigious Sahitya Akademi award for his novel Maharathi (where the author reinterpreted the role of great warrior Karna of Mahabharata) and also adorned the prestigious chair of Asom Sahitya Sabha.

Stood firm against terrorism in the turbulent days of 90s with his strong editorials, CP Saikia enriched with a great sense of humour with his extraordinary personality.

The participants at the ceremony will remember their very own CPS, as he was popularly known among fellow journalists, in the informal meeting starting at 3 pm on Tuesday.

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Nava Thakuria is a Guwahati-based senior journalist. He has been covering socio-political developments of Northeast India, along with its neighbours – Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Myanmar and Bangladesh – for various media outlets, for more than two decades.


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