Top Academician, politician Bidhu Bhusan Dutta dies at 86

He was General Secretary of the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee and became the General Secretary of the North East India Congress Coordination Committee.
Bidhu Bhusan Dutta
Former Rajya Sabha member Bidhu Bhusan Dutta

Shillong, Sep 28 : One of the most renowned academicians of the Northeastern region, and former Rajya Sabha member Bidhu Bhusan Dutta died in Shillong on Monday after a brief illness. He was 86.

Academician Bidhu Bhusan Dutta is survived by a daughter and son Sabyasachi Dutta, who is the Executive Director of the Shillong-based think-tank and research group ‘Asian Confluence’.

Bidhu Bhusan Dutta’s wife had passed away a few years ago.

A teacher of Shillong’s St. Anthony’s College and founder chairman of the ‘Asian Confluence’, Bidhu Bhusan Dutta had established the Sri Aurobindo Institute of Indian Culture in Shillong and authored a number of well acclaimed books.

He was General Secretary of the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee and became the General Secretary of the North East India Congress Coordination Committee.

The academician-turned-politician had also closely worked with Assam’s former Chief Minister Hiteshwar Saikia and northeast India’s other prominent politicians — Williamson A. Sangma, S.C. Jamir, Hokishe Sema, Purno A. Sangma, P.R. Kyndiah among others.

The cremation of Bidhu Bhusan Dutta would take place in Shillong on Tuesday.

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