THE WAR HERO WHO PREVENTED THE MUGHAL INVASION IN ASSAM; All You Need to Know

The National Capital is all set to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Assam’s legendary war hero Lachit Borphukan from November 23 to November 25, 2022, in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Lachit Borphukan was a commander in the erstwhile Ahom Kingdom, which is now located in Assam. He is known for his leadership in the 1671 battle of Saraighat, that prevented an attempt by the Mughals to capture Assam.

GUERRILA WARFARE

  • Mughal emperor Aurangzeb had sent many soldiers to Guwahati from Ahoms. Borphukan had established a naval defense on the Brahmaputra. By using Guerrilla warfare, the soldiers of the Ahom conducted a counterattack through various strategic points in the city.
  • Around 4 thousand soldiers of the Mughals were killed in the attack, and Aurangzeb’s troops were pushed to the western border of the Ahom Kingdom.

MILITARY MEDAL

  • The National Defense Academy (NDA), since 1999, has been awarding the best graduating cadet with the Lachit Borphukan gold medal, named after the Ahom general.

CELEBRATIONS

  • The Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma called on the people of the state to light the earthen lamps at their homes on November 24 to celebrate the Lachit Divas all over the state.
  • The CM of Assam stated that he will request to the Chief of the Army to organize a memorial lecture to honor the 17th century general. He also stated that he has written to the chief ministers of other states to include a chapter on the Assamese war hero in their school curricula. A similar request will also be made to the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT).

Lachit Borphukan was the younger son of the Tamuli Borbarua,the first Borbarua of the upper Assam and he was also the commandeer in chief of the Ahom army under the King Pratap Singha. His father Momai Tamuli Borbarua, was a bonded labourer against a loan of four rupees. in his early life, later he turned to minister and noble. He was selected for for the position of Borphukan by Chakradhwaj Singha.

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