Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
on Tuesday said the death of writer Indira Raisom Goswami was not
only an "irreparable loss" to Assamese literature, but also to
India as a whole.
Condoling her death, Gogoi said, "She loved Assam and
wanted peace in the state which led her to initiate the peace
process with the ULFA. She realised that violence was no
solution to any problem."
"The Centre was initially sceptical about holding talks
with the outfit, but was finally convinced because she had
taken the initiative to bring them forward for talks. It is
because of her efforts that the talks with the outfit have
reached the present stage," the Chief Minister observed.
Gogoi hoped that the effort made by her would result in
permanent peace in the state and those who are yet to come
forward for talks also join the peace process.
November, 2011 was a very "sad month" for Assam, he noted
and said, "We have lost two eminent personalities - Bhupen
Hazarika and Indira Goswami - whose contributions have taken
Assam to international arena."
Goswami, who suffered a cerebral stroke last February,
died this morning at 7:45 at the Guwahati Medical College
Hospital following a cardiac arrest.