Veteran journalist and author Jatindra Kumar Bargohain has been chosen for the Sahitya Akademi award for translation for the year 2009 – for his Lokayata Darshan – a translation from the original work in Bengali by Devi Prasad Chattopaddhay. The book was published by Publication Board, Assam.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, Bargohain termed the honour as a recognition of his efforts. “I have been engaged in literary pursuits, including translation, for a long time…I am happy with the recognition by Sahitya Akademi,” he said.
On the book Lokayata Darshan, he said that it was a difficult work on the Lokayata philosophy – a study in ancient Indian materialism — and a lot of effort had gone into the translation. “I worked on it for about a year. I have also compared my translation with the available English translation,” he said.
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