PM Modi pays tribute to celebrated Assamese warrior Lachit Borphukan

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tribute to famed Assam warrior Lachit Borphukan on his 400th birthday and said the leader embodied unprecedented courage.

“Greetings on Lachit Diwas. This Lachit Diwas is special as we mark the 400th anniversary of the birth of the great Lachit Borphukan,” Modi said in a tweet. “He (Borphukan) embodied unprecedented courage. He placed the welfare of people above all else and was an equally visionary leader,” he added.

The country celebrates 2022 as the year of Lachit Barphukan’s 400th birthday. The celebrations were inaugurated in February this year by then President Ram Nath Kovind in Guwahati.

Lachit Borphukan was a general in the royal army of the Ahom kingdom of Assam who defeated the Mughals and successfully halted the ever-growing ambitions of the Mughals under Aurangzeb.

The three-day celebrations began in New Delhi on Wednesday. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman opened an exhibition on the occasion highlighting the life and achievements of the Ahom dynasty and Lachit Borphukan, among others.

According to a PMO statement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the closing ceremony of the leader’s 400th birthday celebrations on November 25. A book on Lachit Borphukan will be published and a documentary on the great warrior will also be screened at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

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