November 23 marks the first death anniversary of one of Assam’s most popular chief ministers Tarun Gogoi. On November 23, 2020, Gogoi passed away at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) at the age of 86.
In the months preceding his death, Gogoi had been suffering from several post-COVID related complications. His death saddened thousands of people in the state, and the huge crowds that emerged at his state-sponsored funeral were a testament to his popularity. A man loved by members of all religions and communities, Gogoi’s ashes were taken across the state.
Tarun Gogoi was cremated at the Nabagraha Cremation ground in Guwahati on Thursday after three days of mourning announced following his death on November 23.
On his first death anniversary, EastMojo rewinds to a moment that was a clear standout in his stellar career. In December 2019, even as Assam witnessed widespread protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, the three-time CM embraced his former profession, that of a lawyer.
Gogoi was back in court as a lawyer as the Supreme Court took up a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019. His appearance may not have led to the ideal outcome, but it showed that even at the age of 84, Gogoi was ready to serve the public.
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