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Lachit Barphukan birth anniversary: PM to address closing ceremony

Lachit Barphukan was the famous General of the Royal Army of the Ahom Kingdom of Assam who defeated the Mughals and successfully halted the ever-expanding ambitions of the Mughals under Aurangzeb.

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the closing ceremony of the year-long celebrations of the 400th birth anniversary of Lachit Barphukan on Friday in New Delhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the general masses on the occasion of ‘Lachit Diwas’.

In a message to the nation, PM Modi said, “This Lachit Diwas is special because it marks the 400th birth anniversary of the great Lachit Borphukan.” “He (Lachit Borphukan) epitomised unparalleled courage,” PM Modi said in a tweet.

“He placed the well-being of people above everything else and was a just as well as visionary leader,” he added.

It has been the constant endeavour of the PM to honour the unsung heroes in a befitting manner. In line with this, the country is celebrating 2022 as the 400th birth anniversary year of Lachit Barphukan. The celebrations were inaugurated in February this year by the then President Ram Nath Kovind in Guwahati.

Lachit Barphukan (24th November 1622–25th April 1672) was the famous General of the Royal Army of the Ahom Kingdom of Assam who defeated the Mughals and successfully halted the ever-expanding ambitions of the Mughals under Aurangzeb.

Lachit Barphukan inspired the Assamese soldiers in the Battle of Saraighat fought in 1671, and delivered a crushing and humiliating defeat on the Mughals.

The heroic fight of Lachit Barphukan and his army remains one of the most inspiring military feats of resistance in the history of the country.

The week-long celebrations for the 400th birth anniversary of Ahom general Lachit Barphukan began on Friday in Guwahati with various uniformed men and women participating in a march past to commemorate the valour and sacrifice he showed in thwarting the Mughal forces.
The last leg of the celebrations is taken to the national capital – Vigyaan Bhawan — from November 23 to 25.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated an exhibition on November 23 with Union Home Minister Amit Shah as the chief guest.

Taking war hero Lachit Barphukan Sarma to the wider audience in the national capital on a large scale is part of the efforts of the Assam government to perpetuate the hallowed memory of the warrior both within and outside the state.

(With Inputs from ANI)