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Lachit Diwas

Lachit Diwas:

The Prime Minister of India paid tribute to Lachit Borphukan on Lachit Diwas.

  • Lachit Borphukan has been revered in Assam as the warrior who defeated Mughal armies in the Battle of Saraighat in 1671.
  • He was commander of the Ahom armies during the battle of Saraighat and fought on the banks of the Brahmaputra in Guwahati.
  • He was a brilliant military commander.
  • He was chosen as one of the five Borphukans of the Ahom kingdom by King Charadhwaj Singha and given administrative, judicial, and military responsibilities.
  • Borphukan preferred guerrilla tactics, which provided an edge to his smaller but fast-moving and capable forces.
  • He died a year after the Battle of Saraighat from a long-festering illness.

AHOM Kingdom:

  • The Ahom kings ruled large parts of what is now known as Assam for nearly 600 years, from the early 13th century to the early 19th century.
  • This was a prosperous, multi-ethnic kingdom that spread across the upper and lower reaches of the Brahmaputra valley, surviving on rice cultivation in its fertile lands.
  • The Ahoms engaged in a series of conflicts with the Mughals from 1615-1682, starting from the reign of Jahangir until the reign of Aurangzeb.