Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Remembering a lost brother.

Death be not proud, so had written the poet John Donne. What is death?the end of life?the ultimate destiny of man’s existence?we know all this, and yet does this knowledge not console us.
On the 4th of March, 2010, I lost my brother..........Dr.Shekhar Goswami left us all for his journey to the nether world. This loss was tragic: the family had lost a son,friends lost a great human being and society lost a talented individual who was sincerely dedicated to the social cause—particularly in the field of medical science and health care.
As a student Dr. Shekhar had remained a topper throughout his academic career. He completed his schooling from Don Bosco High School, Baghchung, Jorhat with flying colours. After this, he was admitted to prestigious Cotton College in the Science Stream, from which again he passed out with distinction. In 2000, he joined the M.B.B.S. course in Assam Medical College ; in 2005 he became a doctor.
But Dr. Shekhar Goswami was much more than that…
He represented his school in various competitions and was also a founding member of social service club. A keen sportsperson he was a member of AMC cricket team which successfully won the Inter-University Cricket Tournament for two consecutive years. He represented AMC in Table Tennis and badminton. He was also the Table Tennis champion of AMC for three years. He was actively involved in various cultural activities; he was a good singer, he played the guitar and was also a good Bihu dancer. He had amazing organizational and leadership capabilities, and this was manifest in the pivotal role he had played in different activities in Assam Medical College. He was the General Secretary of AMC.One of his biggest contributions towards AMC was the stellar role he had played in leading the movement to stall derecognition of AMC. Some of his other contributions include—
a) Operation ‘HOPE’—for improving AMC was started during his tenure as General Secretary.
b) He organized Voluntary blood donation camps among students to help poor and needy patients.
c) He organized and took part in Health camps and distribution of life saving medicines in various villages.
d)He was the spokesperson of Junior Doctors Association in 2005.
e) He was founder member of an NGO “Maitri Misil” which successfully completed a ‘bicycle rally’ from Dibrugarh to Delhi for improving rural health infrastructure.
f)He organized a National level ‘AIDS awareness campaign’ in Assam.

In 2007, Shekhar joined the prestigious Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai for a post graduate course in Health Administration. As part of his curriculum, he undertook projects in the slum areas at the Santa Cruz in Mumbai and also in Dhirubhai Ambani’s native village near Rajkot, Gujarat.
Thereafter, in February 2009 he joined Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) a Holland based organization working in several frontiers around the world.His initial deputation was in an interior area of Chattisgarh.He also undertook special projects in militant hit area of Manipur, Kashmir, and in the state of Delhi. He was specially interested in the areas of sanitary surveillance, malaria, leprosy, women’s health concerns, and tuberculosis. In fact, even when he was in AMC, he had wholeheartedly treated TB patients while the fear of infection was paramount. In fact, he himself had been infected by TB due to his untiring services to poor patients. In 2009,MSF India promoted him to the post of Assistant Country Coordinator and he shifted his base to New Delhi. In February 2010, Dr. Shekhar was selected by MSF and sent to European cities of Amsterdam and Barcelona for a month long training.
My brother, Dr. Shekhar was not only a great human being; he was an inspiration to many. He had a dream, a vision—for his society and his Country. He believed that to live, one has to love. He believed in winning the world, and all hatred through love. Probably, this was why he was liked by all; and probably this was why eventually he became dearer to God.Today, we can only reminisce his goodness, and virtues; and regret that, for the cold-bloodedness of people for whom probably he never mattered much, a talented young man lost his life.For, what has made this loss tragic has been the fact that this was no natural death. It was a death self inflicted.
 Time may elapse but my brother Dr. Shekhar will continue to live in all our hearts. We believe justice will be delivered and the wrong-doers punished for their sins.

8 comments:

Manjori said...

RIP

Quirky Mon said...

Hi Stuti,

Mayurakshi here. I was your immediate senior in both Donbosco, lichubari and baghchung too. I stumbled upon your translations of Assamese writings a few days ago while looking for fellow Assamese bloggers.
I didn't know Shekhar da well but I remember him from school and also he came to Gauhati medical college during "youth for equality" movement when i was a student there. I greatly admired his dedication and brilliance. I'm really sorry to hear about his death. I came to know only today when I found this obituary by you while browsing google reader. I heard about the incident earlier because his elder sister and nephews are my neighbors, but I didn't realize it was Shekhar da.
May his soul rest in peace.

Simanta said...

he actively participated in the agitation against the implimantation of OBC quota in 2006. he even went to delhi and stages demonstration in front of AIIMS and jantar-mantar.
when he met our respected MP mr.sarbananda sonowal, he was so impress by the personality and intelligence of Shekhar that the requested shekhar to actively join politics and serve the poor.
i was present there watching two great sons of our soil together.

stuti, i tried to contact u on orkut...

biswadeep said...

i was with him from days of cotton to amch..like knowing him through... you cannot concise his abilities in a page.. academically,sports,music...and a great leader...and greatest ability that he could mix with everybody and at anytime...n being a cool composed person.
ur place in our life cannot be replaced by other...miss u every moment...

Bhaskar Bhattacharjee said...

I am still in a denial and checking out different places hoping all these to be rumors. Needless to say, Shekhar was one of the most sensible person I have have ever met in my entire life. He was one of the very few friends I got who helped me deal with some tough problems in my life few years back. Even though we were living in two extreme parts of the world, We were intermittently keeping in touch through phone/email/chats for last several years since we parted after I graduated from JEC. This is a big irrecoverable loss for me and every minute, am just wishing all these to be false... I pray to god for his soul to rest in peace. You will always be remembered and missed, Shekhar!

kavita said...

Stuti,
words can't describe how sorry i am to hear about your dear brother.I came to know about him from the news papers.
May his soul rest in peace and grace .I will be holding good thoughts about you and your family.

MayFlower Blossoms said...

Death is inevitable and the ultimate truth true but a very early demise of such a gallant personality is doleful. I never knew him in person but yes I have come to know that Assam and the world has lost another Albert Schweitzer.
May his soul rest in peace.

RUPTY said...

Shekhar - Rest in Peace!