Thanking the real hero of our Community, Retired Shri Naren Chandra Das of Assam Rifles through a humble gesture
Retired Havildar Shri Naren Chandra Das is the last lone survivor of the Assam Rifles Group, who escorted His Holiness Dalai Lama to Tawang, 58 years ago. He is 79 years old and hails from Balipara, Sonitpur District of Assam. Shri Naren Chandra Das visited the Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark on 8th April, on an invite from Shri Ranjit Barthakur, Founder Trustee, Balipara Foundation. He allowed us the privilege to spend time with him and shared the story of his emotional meeting with His Holiness Dalai Lama. He also spoke about his personal life and the journey since his retirement.
We got to know in our conversations with him that he has been through emotional challenges through the loss of his wife and mortgage of his property, for the treatment of his wife. In a humble effort to support Shri Naren Chandra Das and share his challenges, Balipara Foundation in collaboration with Khanamukh Brick Industry Owner Association pooled in Rs. 21,000 to aid release of his mortgaged property.
On 10th May, 2017, members of the Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark, Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics ™ School Advisor Shri Kamison Mili accompanied by Secretary of the Assam Students Union of Balipara region and local community members shared the details with Shri Naren Chandra Das at his residence.
Shri Naren Chandra Das with Smt and Shri Barthakur, Shri Kamison Mili and Dr. Gitamani Dutta at the Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark
Press Release - Regional paper, “Niyomiya Barta” on 11th of May.