Guwahati: Requesting to include a chapter on the 17th-century great Ahom general Lachit Borphukon in school & college syllabuses of various States, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has written an official letter to all of his counterparts. The letter is among the State government’s series of initiatives related to the year-long celebration of the 400th birth anniversary of Lachit, said Sarma. Mentionable is that the then President Ram Nath Kovind launched the anniversary celebrations of Lachit on 25 February last in the city and laid the foundation of a war memorial along with a huge bronze statue of the general.
The valorous leadership of Lachit, recognised as one of the greatest army generals of Bharat, led to the decisive defeat of the Mughals at the battle of Saraighat in 1671, registering for him a unique space in the annals of Assam history. In the naval battle on mighty Brahmaputra river, Lachit led his army from the front to a resounding victory, despite being terribly ill. His unflagging valour and determination ensured the culture and identity of the north-eastern region remained intact.
Honouring the revered general, the National Defence Academy in Pune confers the Lachit Borphukan gold medal to its best cadet every year. Despite being a shining example of patriotism and love for one’s motherland, Lachit’s accomplishments remain relatively unknown in many parts of India, stated the CM’s letter to his counterparts. Sarma believes that the saga of the valour of Lachit should spread far & wide, instilling in every Indian, precisely the young one, a sense of pride over the exploits of the gracious army general.