GUWAHATI, Nov 24 - The State recalled the stellar contributions of the mighty Ahom General Lachit Barphukan today, whose heroic exploits were instrumental in defeating the seemingly invincible Mughals.
Meetings, cultural processions and various contests were organised in different parts of the State as a homage to the Ahom General, whose exemplary courage, strategy and sacrifice was a decisive factor in the Saraighat battle.
The Government of Assam also announced a skill development university to be named after the patriot.
On the occasion of Lachit Divas today, the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, JP Rajkhowa conferred the Mahabir Lachit Award 2015, constituted by the Tai Ahom Yuva Parishad, Assam to internationally acclaimed self-made environmentalist Jadav Payeng at a function held in the capital city.
The Governor congratulated Jadav Payeng for his dedicated endeavour in planting saplings and creating a thick foliage in the barren sandbars of the Brahmaputra within Jorhat district for more than three decades. He said that Payeng�s forest stands tall, defying the annual cycle of floods and constant erosion caused by the mighty Brahmaputra. People of Assam and North Eastern region are proud of him and draw inspiration from his mission.
The Governor said that Payeng�s effort will go a long way in addressing global warming.
Speaking about the historical day, the Governor recalled the bravery and leadership of Mahabir Lachit Borphukan and said that because of his courage, valour and military skills, he defeated the Mughal aggressors. The Governor urged upon the youth to draw inspiration from one of the greatest warriors and generals of the North Eastern region.
On the other hand, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi laid a floral wreath at the statue of the Ahom hero at Jalukbari and announced a skill development university to be named after Lachit Borphukan. In his address after paying homage to Lachit Borphukan, Gogoi said that there was no dearth of fund for the proposed varsity and that the institute will help the new generation enhance their skills in vital areas.
The day was observed by different political parties and non-political organisations who recalled the courage and commitment of the hero.
The Hindu Yuva Chatra Parishad took out a colourful cultural procession in the city, commemorating the day.
Organisations like Sadou Asom Goria Moria Deshi Jatiya Parishad, Sadou Asom Goriya Yuva Chatra Parishad and others paid homage to the hero.
Socio-cultural organisation Spacebarz extended greetings to the policemen on the occasion by visiting all the police stations in Guwahati.