Upper Assam school where Tarun Gogoi once taught for a salary of Rs. 100 pays tribute to veteran

Upper Assam school where Tarun Gogoi once taught for a salary of Rs. 100 pays tribute to veteran

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JORHAT: Prayers for the eternal peace of 3-time former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi were held today in a nondescript school in Jorhat district of Upper Assam. Unbeknownst to most, Gogoi taught in this school in Mariani for close to a year in the 1950's. His salary? A mere 100 bucks!

In the Mariani Mahadev Agarwalla Higher Secondary School, Gogoi is still revered even though the students and the teachers probably weren't even born when he walked its halls as a teacher. To mark his demise, students and teachers observed a minute's silence. It was as if a pin drop could be heard during those moments.

Gogoi's name on the teachers' rolls; his salary was Rs. 100

A pall of gloom has descended on the school where Gogoi taught several decades ago, and both the teachers and the students are still mourning the demise of the charismatic leader. Gogoi, it needs mention here, spent his formative years in Upper Assam, where he initially moulded.

"We deeply condole his demise. Gogoi taught in this very school in 1958 before venturing into politics. We are remembering him with the utmost respect. We have organized a one-minute silence for the former Chief Minister. He worked here for a year and was paid a salary of Rs. 1,000," one of the teachers of the school told media.

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3-time former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s funeral pyre was set on flames by his son Gaurav Gogoi, who is a member of Parliament. The last rites of the former CM have been performed at the Navagraha Auditorium in Guwahati’s Silpukhri area.

The last rites of the former Chief Minister of Assam Late Tarun Gogoi have been performed with full state honours at Navagraha crematorium at around 3:30 pm today. The leader had passed away on Monday.

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Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and other political leaders and followers attended the funeral. There was a strong attendance of Assam Congress leaders who paid their last respects to the departed leader Gogoi.

Gogoi’s final journey saw people from all faiths offering prayers for the deceased former Chief Minister, who was a key architect of the economic progress that Assam witnessed during the turn of the millennium after years of strife and turmoil.

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