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PM Modi greets people on ‘Lachit Diwas’

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the people on the occasion of Lachit Diwas.

Lachit Diwas is being celebrated in honour of the famous General of the Royal Army of the Ahom Kingdom of Assam, Lachit Barphukan, who defeated the Mughals and successfully halted the ever expanding ambitions of the Mughals under Aurangzeb.

“Greetings on Lachit Diwas. This Lachit Diwas is special because we mark the 400th birth anniversary of the great Lachit Borphukan. He epitomised unparalleled courage. He placed the well-being of people above everything else and was a just as well as visionary leader,” PM Modi said in a tweet.

As per Prime Minister’s Office, he will also address the closing ceremony of the year long celebrations of 400th Birth Anniversary of Barphukan on Friday in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

It has been the constant endeavour of the Prime Minister to honour the unsung heroes in a befitting manner, it said.

In line with this, the country is celebrating 2022 as the 400th birth anniversary year of Lachit Barphukan, the PMO said, adding that the celebrations were inaugurated in February this year by the then President Ram Nath Kovind in Guwahati.

The Best Cadet Gold Medal is also given in the National Defense Academy (NDA) in the name of Lachit that is called Lachit Medal.

Army general who defeated Mughals

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.

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 our country.

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