book is a joint work of Dr.B.K.Barua and myself. In face, immediately after the receipt of
the letter from the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Dr. Barua invited me to associate with him in
the preparation of the work. Before we could take it up we had to complete the work in had
which was a the revision of A History of Assam by E.A. Gait.
After the completion of it, we took up the
present work and prepared the draft. But before we could finalise the draft, Dr.Barua left
for U.S.A as visiting Professor, in the Indiana University. After his return from the
States, we finalised the draft and were about to send it for typing, when suddenly
Dr.Barua was taken ill and passed away. Therefore, I have written this preface on the
lines we had thought originally.
I would like to take this opportunity to place
on record my deep debt of gratitude to Dr.B.K.Barua for giving me an opportunity to
associate myself with this publication. I am grateful to Mrs.B.K.Barua, for kindly
permitting me to send the manuscript for publication.