Lachit Borphukan is the commander-in-chief of the Ahom Kingdom. First, we must understand the Ahom kingdom and why we must commemorate the brave Lachit Borphukan from Assam India. It must be noted that the best NDA cadet is given Lachit Borphukan Medal.
What is Ahom Kingdom
Ahom kingdom of Assam was located in Brahmaputra valley and was established in 1228. This kingdom was repeatedly attacked by the Mughals. Mughals could not succeed as valiant Ahoms had successfully repulsed frequent attacks on their homeland. It was estimated that Ahoms defeated the Mughals seventeen times. However, Ahom ruled the land till the province was annexed to British India in 1826.
Chaolung Sukaphe was 13th-century ruler who founded the Ahom kingdom that ruled Assam for six centuries. Lachit Borphukan was born on November 24 in the year 1622 (exactly 400 years ago).
Who was Lachit Borpukan
The great Lachit Borpukan was born on 24 November 1622. He led two battles against the mighty Mughal army and is remembered for the naval battle in Saraighat. Ahoms prepared and train hard. Lachit’s gallantry fought till their last breath. He had taken precautions of digging a line of defenses at the back of the advancing army. Heavy Casualty was inflicted upon the Mughal army and the beleaguered Mughal army was forced to retreat.
He was very smart and know that it would be difficult for him to fight on land. he decided to fill the boat with bows and arrows. He dressed and got ready to attack from the river. They successfully managed the war and won. Lachit Borpukan’s bravery and loyalty to his kingdom were par excellence. He was fallen sick and was advised to not take part in the war. He negates and told he can not rest as his entire country is in trouble and facing a foreign invasion.
There has been a saying that When Lachit came to assess the progress of the work of digging a line of defenses. He was shocked upon seeing workers sleeping under the stars. when asked, what is this? his uncle replied that the worker was tired so he allowed them to rest for some time. Lachit became furious and removed his uncle’s head in one stroke, saying, “Dekhot koi Momai Dangor Nohoi”, which meant – My uncle is not greater than my motherland. Workers soon got down to work and work was ready by the next morning.
Honour to Assamese People and Lachit Borpukan
The recognition of the valiant northeastern soldiers remains to this day and is represented by the Assam Regiment. November 24 is celebrated as Lachit Divas in Assam to commemorate the heroism of general Lachit Borphukan and the victory of the Assamese army at the battle of Saraighat.
Prime Minister Narender Modi called 17th-century Ahom general Lachit Borphukan a symbol of India’s “Atmanirbhar military might”. I salute the greatest general of the Ahom kingdom – Lachit Borpukan.