We bid good-bye to the delegate friends! Our heart aches with this separation. we hope that you have reached home by this time and are musing over what had happened in all these days of your subornment. We would all send you off with hearty gratitude. Your presence and participation in all the programmes of the 25th Biennial Conference brought the people of this small town of Jalpaiguri and the venue of the conference at Lataguri pulsating to life. Whether in the Divisional Office in the programme of hoisting of Flag of our beloved association and two and a half km walking through different parts of the town elated us with great joy and it has gone to establish that “Quantity is not all, Quality is the last word”. Hats’ off to you all.
We would offer the success of the Conference to the Founder Members who had taken much pains to found this Jalpaiguri Unit in 1959 with only 19 members!
Some of the words which I missed in my thanks giving address, are mentioned in this note for its completion. The foremost among them is the faith and trust of the General Secretary on us for this gigantic job in a place 40 kms away from the Jalpaiguri town. It is really a “Tryst with Trust”. We would salute the All India Leaders with Sri Manohar Veigas in the van. Secondly, the Divisional Units at Kolkata, Guahati, Jorehat, Bongaigaon remained in constant touch with us in the matter of organising this huge job for the last six months, to enkindle the strength innate in us to make the Conference a thunderous success. Our special thanks are to the Units at Udupi, Surat, Ahmedabad, Vododara, Shimoga, Mumbai, Delhi, Agra, Baraily, Kanpur, Dehradun, Lucknow, Gwalior who added to the luster of the Conference by their rich deliberations and hearty co-operations. The offering of “Gamocha” to all the delegates and participation in the traditional “Bihu Dance” by the Guahati friends shall be ever lasting in the minds of us. Our hearty thanks are to Mr. R.P. Saxena of Agra Unit who notwithstanding his tiredness for more than 20 hours belated journey of train conducted the Open Session and Cultural Function smilingly for long hours. We are indeed indebted to him and our joy knows no bounds.
This 25th All India Biennial Conference shall everlast in our minds from various angles. The presence of Padmasree Karimul Haque added to the glamour. More than five hundred people were present in the Open Session in the Art Gallery Cineplex fully packed up to its capacity in two floors.
I specially missed Mr. Lalwani who prompted me to hold the Conference in the Gorumara Forest beset with animals and birds. Alas ! Mr. Lalwani is no more. He breathed his last a few months earlier to the Conference. I cannot help mentioning the name of A.B. Ojha who always encouraged me to hold the Conference in the lap of the jungle. It is my pleasure that we could rise to the occasion. A big contingent of delegates came from Kolkata with our veteran leader Sri Sunil Dhar Choudhury. Our sincere thanks are to Sri S.S.Jain and Sri Kandwal who had taken much pains at his old age to come from the distant part of Delhi, who encouraged us always to go ahead and not to look back till goal is achieved. We are thankful to them and others for whom age and distance were not bar to be part of the Conference and meet one another in a lonely jungle resort.
Friends, we tried hard to make the Conference a great success with comfortable board and lodging in the lap of the nature. Still there might have been lapses in one point or another for which I appologise on behalf of the Host Division. The absence of the President and Working President was regretted. They could not overcome their preoccupations and other encumbrances.
Congratulations to the newly elected Office Bearers of our esteemed association. We extend our hearty good wishes for the next Host Division to hold the 26th session with still more grandeur and colour.
With best regards,
General Secretary, LIEA , Jalpaiguri Division