Tarun Gogoi, one of Assam’s most popular chief ministers, died on November 23, 2020, at the age of 86, at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). Gogoi had been suffering from several post-COVID complications in the months leading up to his death. Thousands of people in the state were saddened by his death, and the large crowds that gathered at his state-sponsored funeral attested to his popularity. Gogoi’s ashes were spread across the state because he was loved by people of all faiths and communities.
Tarun Gogoi was cremated at the Nabagraha Cremation Ground in Guwahati on Thursday, three days after his death on November 23.
Gaurav Gogoi, the former chief minister’s son, is a senior Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP from the state’s northeast.
Humble tributes to Assam’s longest Serving CM, Padma Bhushan, Late Tarun Gogoi ji on his Birth Anniversary. He is the one who liberated Assam from the clutches of insurgency & placed Assam back on the path of peace & development, Assam will be indebted to him for eternity. pic.twitter.com/wMiJX5B8eZ
— Assam Pradesh Youth Congress (@IYCAssam) October 11, 2022
The senior Congress leader has been involved in politics for over 50 years, holding various positions within the Congress party, central government, and Assam’s state administration.
Even as Assam witnessed widespread protests against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act in December 2019, the three-time chief minister returned to his former profession as a lawyer.
My father and former 3-term Assam Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi dons his lawyer robes to file his case against the Citizenship Amendment Act in the Supreme Court today. @tarun_gogoi @INCIndia pic.twitter.com/fsOxEFKtcm
— Gaurav Gogoi (@GauravGogoiAsm) December 18, 2019
Gogoi was back in court as a lawyer as the Supreme Court heard a slew of petitions challenging the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) of 2019. His appearance may not have resulted in the desired outcome, but it demonstrated that, even at the age of 84, Gogoi was willing to serve the public.
Some Lesser Known Facts About The Former CM Tarun Gogoi:
On April 1, 1936, he was born into a very ethnic Assamese Tai-Ahom family at Rangajan Tea Estate in Assam’s former Sivasagar district, now known as Jorhat. Gogoi was born to Dr. Kamaleshwar Gogoi, a medical practitioner at the tea estate, and mother Usha Gogoi, who was well-known for her poetry collection ‘Hiyar Samahar.’
Tarun Gogoi completed his primary education at Rangajan Nimna Buniyadi Vidyalaya No. 26 before transferring to Jorhat Madrassa School, where he studied until Class 4. He then transferred to Bholaguri High School, which was located near the Badulipar Tea Estate, where he studied until Class 6, and in 1949, he transferred to Jorhat Government High School, where he passed the High School Leaving Certification Examination (HSLC).
Later, he graduated from Jagannath Barooah College and obtained his LLB from Gauhati University. In 1972, he married Dolly Gogoi, a Gauhati University postgraduate in Zoology.
The former leader began his political career as the president of the student association at Gauhati University. He began his first term as a member of Parliament in 1971 and was later elected to the Lok Sabha for a total of six terms. He first served in the Jorhat parliamentary constituency from 1971 to 1985, and then in Kaliabor. Gaurav Gogoi, his son, currently holds the Kaliabor seat.
Gogoi rose to national prominence as the Joint Secretary of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) under then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. In addition, from 1986 to 1990, he was President of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC).
Gogoi also served in the Union cabinet as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Food and Food Processing Industry from 1991 to 1996, during the tenure of Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao.
Gogoi has since served four terms in the Assam legislature as a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA). He was elected to the legislature for the first time in 1996-98, representing the Margherita constituency. Gogoi has been a member of the Titabar constituency since 2001.
Gogoi was also passionate about reading and writing. He even wrote a book titled “Turnaround: Leading Assam from the Front” in 2016. The book chronicles Assam’s transformation, a trailblazing career, and a state buzzing with the excitement of a makeover. He is particularly interested in books on history and current events.
Tarun Gogoi has a long and illustrious political career. He has been elected to the House of Commons six times. From 2001 to 2016, he served as Assam’s Chief Minister for fifteen years.