Lachit Borphukan Played Crucial Role In Preserving Age-Old Culture Of Assam: PM Modi 

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The Prime Minister – Narendra Modi addressed the closing ceremony of the month-long celebrations of the 400th birth anniversary of Lachit Borphukan in New Delhi today. He released the book – ‘Lachit Borphukan – Assam’s Hero who Halted the Mughals’ during the occasion.

In line with PM’s vision to honour the unsung heroes in a befitting manner, the occasion is celebrated to honour the 400th birth anniversary of Lachit Borphukan – noted General of the Royal Army of the Ahom Dynasty, who defeated the Mughals and successfully put an end to the Mughals’ ever-expanding ambitions under Aurangzeb.

Addressing the gathering, the PM expressed his regard for the land of Assam which gave brave sons like Veer Lachit.

“We bow to the valorous Lachit Borphukan on his 400th birth anniversary. He played pivotal role in preserving the culture of Assam. India is celebrating the 400th birth anniversary of Lachit Borphukan at a time when the country is marking ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’.” he stated.

Terming Veer Lachit’s exploits a glorious chapter of the history of Assam, the PM noted “I salute this great tradition on the occasion of the festival of India’s eternal culture, eternal valour and eternal existence.”

The PM reaffirmed that India’s desire to shed the mindset of slavery and take pride in its heritage. “India is not only celebrating its cultural diversity but also acknowledging the unsung heroes and heroines of its history.”

“Immortal sons of Maa Bharati like Lachit Borphukan are the inspiration of fulfilling the resolutions of the Amrit Kaal. They make us familiar with the identity and glory of our history and also spur us to dedicate ourselves to the nation,” added the PM.

He remarked that “there were numerous civilizations that walked the earth, many that seemed imperishable, but it was the wheel of time that brought them down to their knees.”

Pointing out the differences between other civilizations and India, the PM noted that “the world today assesses history based on the remains of such civilizations, but India which faced unexpected adversities in history and withstanding the unimaginable terror of foreign invaders still stands immortal with the same energy and consciousness.”

“This happened because of the fact that whenever there was a crisis, some personality emerged to tackle that. In epoch, saints and scholars came to protect the spiritual and cultural identity of India. Bravehearts like Lachit Borphukan showed that forces of fanaticism and terror perish but the immortal light of Indian life remains eternal,” the PM continued.

The PM complimented the state government for taking requisite measures to celebrate the legacy of its heroes.

He highlighted the projects like a museum and a memorial in Assam to honour its heroes, and mentioned that such steps will help the younger generation to know the history of sacrifice and bravery.

“Lachit Borphukan’s life inspires us to live the mantra of ‘Nation First.’ His life inspires us to rise above self and to give the highest priority to the national interest. His life teaches us that instead of nepotism and dynasty, the country should be supreme.” Taking instances from the life of Veer Lachit Borphukan, the Prime Minister said, “no person or relation is above nation,” he noted.

He suggested the creation of a grand theatre play on Lachit Borphukan on the lines of the one on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and taking that to every corner of the nation.

This will give a great boost to the resolution of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’. “We have to make India developed and make Northeast, the hub of India’s growth. I am sure that the spirit of 400th Jayanti of Veer Lachit Borphukan will give strength to our resolve and the nation will achieve its goals,” he concluded.

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