Indira Goswami laid to rest with state honours
Governor J B Patnaik, chief minister along with his cabinet colleagues, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee President Bhubaneswar Kalita, Chief Secretary N K Das and others also paid their last tributes to the writer, popularly called `Mamoni baideu`. A 21-gun salute was given to Goswami before she was placed on the sandalwood pyre for the last rites performed according to vedic rituals by her niece Mrinmoyee Goswami.
Goswami`s last journey from her Gandhibasti residence, draped in her signature red traditional Assamese `pat` silk along with the prominent red `bindi` on her forehead, began at 10 AM and she was carried to the cremation ground, about two km away, by pall-bearers.
The Ramayani scholar, also an ardent Shakti devotee, usually wore red and her red `bindi` along with her kohl-lined eyes were her trademark. Goswami had taken the initiative of persuading the banned ULFA to come forward for dialogue with the outfit even setting up the Peoples` Consultative Group (PCG) in 2003 and appointing her as an advisor. Goswami received Jnanpith award in 2000 for her contribution to Assamese literature.