The Yamin Hazarika Woman of Substance Award 2017 was awarded to noted actress Moloya Goswami at a solemn function held in Guwahati. The award was instituted by Women’s Hub, a collective of women professionals in memory of Late Yamin Hazarika, who was a 1977 batch DANIPS (NCT of Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service) officer.
The award was given away by Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury, well-known physicist and poet. Speaking on the occasion, he lauded the efforts of Women’s Hub. He said that unknowingly he turned into a feminist because of what he imbibed from his grandmother and activist Chandraprabha Saikiani in his childhood. He remembers how his mother was both mentally and physically strong.
Moloya Goswami bags award
Moloya Goswami is the first Assamese actress to win the National Film Award for Best Actress for the performance in the Assamese film ‘Firingoti’ (1992). She was introduced by Reshma Shah. Nellie Ahmed Tanweer gave a brief about the life of late Yamin Hazarika. Journalist Teresa Rehman spoke on why it is important to talk about her story. ‘It is not easy to uncover stories of women, be it a writer or a bureaucrat. But it is important to write them,’ she said.
While receiving the award, Moloya Goswami said that she would like to delve into the life of late Yamin Hazarika, who was a trendsetter in the sense she was a police officer in the seventies. It was a challenging job for a woman to do then and overcome gender disparity. She could serve the nation. It is precious moment and an honour for me to be part of her life now,’ she said.
Discussion and felicitation
A panel discussion on ‘Where are the women in sciences?’ was moderated by Sabrina Iqbal Sircar of Cotton College. The panelists were different people from the field of scientific research like Narayan Sharma, Nahid Islam, Hamida Haque, Ramie Husneara and Mayuri Sabukdhora. The conversation revolved around various issues that affect women pursuing scientific research.
Padmashree Eli Ahmed, noted writer was also felicitated on the occasion. Two books of Dr Shabnam Akhtar Ahmed and Rehna Sultana were also released on the occasion. The book release session was conducted by Dr Shabnam Choudhury. Parul Debi Das, who was the first female IAS officer from Assam was also felicitated on the occasion.