The Assam Tribune, an English daily newspaper published from Guwahati and Dibrugarh of Assam state is celebrating its Platinum Jubilee this year. It is the highest circulated English daily in North-East India. During his four-day visit of the North-Eastern states, Prime Minister Narender Modi inaugurated the year-long platinum jubilee celebration of this most popular English newspaper of the region on November 29 evening.
Lauding the toil and unique journey of 75 years in the cause of social awakening and abhorrence towards sensationalism in reporting, Modi said that from a humble beginning, the Assam Tribune over the years has grown as a leading and authentic newspaper of the region. He also mentioned about the commitment of the paper towards national advancement, societal work and public welfare in his address.
According the editor of the newspaper, Prafulla Govinda Baruah, the periodical was first printed on August 4, 1939 by its founder and his father Radha Govinda Baruah as an English weekly from Dibrugarh when Assam's literacy was not even 10 % and persons capable of reading an English newspaper was not even one per cent.
With the hard work of the founder, the Weekly Assam Tribune got circulated and subscribed for by tea garden managers, army officers and the English medium high schools and other English knowing population. Later, it was converted into a daily and its publication headquarters was shifted to Guwahati to become the most sought after news paper the region.