Assam Celebrates Lachit Divas On 24 November

On November 24, the Indian state of Assam commemorates the birth anniversary of the great Ahom army leader Lachit Borphukan with Lachit Divas (Lachit Day).
Sheena

Updated: Nov 24, 2021 05:40:26 pm

24 November 2021 Current Affairs:On November 24, the Indian state of Assam commemorates the birth anniversary of the great Ahom army leader Lachit Borphukan with Lachit Divas (Lachit Day).

Highlights:
♦ Lachit Borphukan, a military intelligence officer at the Battle of Saraighat, was born on November 24, 1622, in Charaideo.
♦ The 'Lachit Borphukan Gold Medal' has been given to the top cadet graduating from the National Defence Academy every year since 1999. 
♦ The Tai Ahom Yuva Parishad in Assam bestows the 'Mahabir Lachit Award' to distinguished individuals. This honour comes with a monetary prize of Rs 50000 and a sword.
♦ The Battle of Saraighat was fought on the banks of the Brahmaputra river in 1671 between the Ram Singh-led Mughal army and the Lachit Borphukan-led Ahom army. 
♦ Chao Lachit was the Ahom army's Borphukan (Army General). Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb commissioned Ram Singh, the oldest son of Amber ruler Mirza Raja Jai Singh, to conquer the Ahom kingdom. 
♦ The Mughal force was stronger and more powerful than the Ahom army, but Lachit rescued Saraighat from the Mughal assault by using terrain, leadership skills, and guerrilla warfare. Saraighat is now Guwahati. 
♦ He died of natural causes at Jorhat in April 1672, and his bones may be found in the Lachit Maidan near Jorhat.

 
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