[Assam] Let us all call our state as Assam
muktikamp at yahoo.co.in
Mon Jan 8 02:35:51 EST 2007
Mr.P. G. Baruah
Editor, The Assam Tribune
At the outset I wish you a very Happy New Year. I am very glad to see that your paper has given good coverage to the news item of the petition to the CM aginst their resolution to ranme Assam as Asom. We also see your timely Editorial supporting for retention of the name Assam. You have so wiseley pointed out that renaming state as Asom will simply create confusion and may devide the state further.
The Assam Tribune is an important, and one of the oldest, Assamese institution in Assam which I take pride in.. Your family is the oldest media family in Assam. It is very important that you uphold the integrity and honesty of the role of media which is to question the government of any wrong doing instead of following the government blindly. I look forward to the Assam Tribune playing a leading role in the entire North East in the coming years. Any writing in the Assam Tribune influence the public very much. I would like the Assam Tribune to grow much more and be a voice of the people of the entire North Esat India.
In this connection, I would like to point out that your estemmed paper is still writing the spelling Asom in all other writing which is very objectioable from journalistic honesty and integrety. I most humbly request you to kindly refrain from writing the spelling Asom which is creating great confusiton amongst your readers who are trying hard to understand what is exactly the voice of Assam Tribune. Incidently we are glad to notice that GOA's own advertisement in your paper is using the spelling Assam instead of Asom during the last couple of days.
The spelling Asom is completely wrong, historically as well as phonetically. Our state was never known as Asom and and the spelling Asom can never pronounce the correct pronounciation of the state in Assamese. Even Chandara Prasad Saikia himself admitted this in the famous editorial of Gariyashi where he first recommended the spelling Asom. The best this rge GOA can do is to leave such complicated sensitive matters to a bosy of experts to come up with their recommendadtion. Till such time, let us all call our state as Assam.
In view of above, I sincerely appeal to you not to use the spelling Asom any more.
Dy. Director (NR)
Petroleum Conservation Research Association
10, Bhikaji Cama Place
New Delhi 110066
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