| Staff REPORTER |
ITANAGAR, Nov 16: Finally, the recognition came in for late Lummer Dai, the doyen of journalism, renowned novelist and former IPR Director, posthumously from his own State, fulfilling the long-felt dream of his scores of admirers, besides radiating high hopes and aspirations for others to do something ‘good’ in life.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who was speaking at a Banquet Hall function organized to mark the National Press Day, amid a huge round of applause, announced the road from Naharlagun State Hospital which runs through Prem Nagar area, where late Dai had resided after retirement from govt service, would be named after him.
“I hereby approve the proposal of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) to name the aforesaid road after the name of the noted writer and journalist, late Lummer Dai,” declared Tuki while responding to a one-point memorandum submitted by the APLS president and Sahitya Academy Awardee Y D Thongchi and general secretary Tokong Pertin.
In support of its plea, APLS said the first recognized author and litterateur from Arunachal, late Lummer Dai is a literary icon who has left behind an important legacy in the field of literature and journalism in the State. His contributions in the field of literature and journalism are immense but unfortunately, due recognition was yet to be accorded to him by both the people of the State and the govt.
Born on1st June 1940at Siluk village inEast Siangdistrict, late Dai had started off his literary journy from early school days publishing short stories in his school magazine ‘Giribani’. His all-time literary works were ‘Udayachalar Sadhu’ (published by Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1959), ‘Paharar Shile Shile’ (1960), ‘Prithivir Hanhi’ (1962-63), ‘Mon Aru Mon’ (1965), ‘Koinar Mulya’ (1975-76) and ‘Upar Mahal’, his last novel, in the year 2003.
Recipient of prestigious Sitanath Brahma Choudhury Award from Asom Sahitya Sabha for his novel ‘Koinar Mulya’, late Dai has already been honoured by the neighbouring State in recognition of his outstanding contributions in enriching Assamese literature.
His role as a bridge between Arunachal andAssamis matchless. During his lifetime, he had relentlessly worked for promotion of mutual understanding and harmony among the people of both neighbouring States, the results of which can be noticed in the reverence held by the people of Assam for him by instituting a bi-annual Literary Award and opening a Research Center after him.
“Considering his enormous contribution in literary arena and journalism, which has reared and cemented lifelong brotherly feelings between the people ofAssamand Arunachal Pradesh, we appeal to you to kindly consider naming the road that runs through Prem Nagar area starting fromNaharlagunStateHospitalto Naharlagun daily market as a mark of respect and recognition to him. We believe this will go a long way in inspiring people of the state and the upcoming litterateurs in particular to pursue the noble cause of which late Dai pursued selflessly in his entire life,” read the APLS memorandum.
Even though the State recognition for ‘Luminous Lummer’ came in a bit late, his widow Nanni Dai envisions it to be a “rare honour” and “justice” to her late husband’s relentless services to Arunachal and its people.
Expressing her gratitude to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for coming up with the announcement, Nanni Dai, also the Editor of this daily, said on an optimistic note that the example set by the ‘visionary’ Tuki would definitely encourage the State’s journalists and those in literary circle to do something good for the State so that their names are written in golden letters.