Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma paid tribute to his late father Purno Agitok Sangma at Bodoland University in Kokrajhar Assam on May 13.
Addressing the inaugural session of the first Purno A Sangma memorial lecturer and seminar at the university campus in presence of Assam minister UG Brahma and CEM of Bodoland Territorial Council Pramod Boro, the chief minister spoke at length on the ideals of his late father.
“(L) PA Sangma as a person has left behind a legacy for generations. For me as a person, he was more than a father. He was a simple person but always stood for the rights of our people. He has always voiced his concerns for the people of the region. He has motivated many youngsters like me during his peak in politics,” Conrad Sangma said while elaborating on his father’s persona.
Talking about Late Sangma’s struggle as a child, he motivated the young audience in the gathering by detailing his early life.
“My late father had a hard life as a child. Nothing came easy to him. He was adopted by the missionaries, where he used to clean plates, clean rooms and cook food. The missionaries taught him the lesson of life. As a person I understand that he struggled in life and took up the challenge to march ahead,” Conrad Sangma said at Bodoland University.
“We have to learn to adapt to different situations. If we closely study PA Sangma’s life, we can understand that he responded differently to the situations that came his way. No matter what challenges came ahead in his life, he was ready for all of them,” he added.
Talking about struggle and success, he said: “It is important to learn and adapt to those situations and look at positively by accepting success or failure.”
Bodoland University was established by the Bodoland University Act, 2009 by upgrading the Kokrajhar campus of Gauhati University into a state university.