Assam: Week-Long Celebrations, Marking 400th Birth Anniversary Of Freedom Warrior – Lachit Barphukan Begins

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In line with the indomitable courage of the legendary Ahom general, the week-long celebrations marking the 400th birth anniversary of the warrior – Bir Lachit Barphukan, began with a march past on Friday. Citizens participated in the march as a tribute to the 17th-century war hero, which commenced from the Khanapara Veterinary College playground to Dispur.

The Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma appealed to the people of Assam to light up earthen lamps at their homes on the occasion of Lachit Diwas on November 24.

The last leg of the celebrations will be taken to the national capital – Vigyaan Bhawan from November 23 to 25.

Sarma noted that the Union Finance Minister – Nirmala Sitharaman, will inaugurate an exhibition on November 23 with Union Minister of Home Affairs & Cooperation – Amit Shah gracing the occasion as its chief guest on November 24 and PM Narendra Modi to attend the valedictory function on November 25.

Besides, a book on Lachit Barphukan will be released and a documentary on the great warrior will also be screened at Vigyan Bhawan. The Chief Minister further added that the Union Law Minister – Kiren Rijiju will inaugurate a cultural programme at Sunder Park on November 23.

The Assam CM would request the Chief of the Army Staff to hold a memorial lecture and to institute an award after the great warrior, thereby presenting it to the best cadet every year. He also appealed the NCERT to include a chapter on the legendary warrior.

Sarma mentioned that history needs to be rewritten to let the citizens understand that the Mughal emperors failed to conquer the entire India. They never conquered northeast India and South India.

“History needs to be rewritten because the Left historians have distorted and made it appear as though the Mughal emperors conquered the entire India. They never conquered northeast India and South India,” he said.

It is worth noting that Lachit Barphukan was the commander-in-chief of the Ahom army in the historic Battle of Saraighat fought in 1671, where the valiant soldiers under the leadership of Barphukan delivered a tough formidable resistance against the invasion of Mughals into the territory of Assam.

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