GUWAHATI, Dec 2 � �Chaolung Suikapha was a great leader and a brave warrior-ruler under whose guidance a solid process of unification of various ethnic groups and assimilation had been set in motion. It was Suikapha who laid the foundation of a unified and united Assam which is intact even today,� said Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on the occasion of Asom Divas observed this day every year to commemorate the advent of Chaolung Suikapha, the founder of Ahom rule, who according to history, entered present-day Assam through the Patkai range from Southeast Asia.
In a befitting tribute to the great Ahom king, Chief Minister Gogoi said �Chaolung Suikapha was instrumental in uniting the diverse tribes and communities and shaping undivided Assam in the 13th century. He was a great integrator and a great visionary.�
Gogoi said that Chaolung Suikapha won over the hearts of the different communities through a policy of conciliation. �He brought about the unification of the different warring groups and won over their hearts through a policy of conciliation and rapprochement,� he said.
The Chief Minister said Suikapha endeared himself to various tribal and non-tribal communities by respecting their sentiments, language, art and culture. �Suikapha did not discriminate against anyone. He gave equal political, social and economic justice to each and every community that eventually paved the way for the creation of a greater Assamese society,� he said, adding, �Following in his footsteps, we must also respect the language, art and culture of each and every community.�
Gogoi said that it was the great Ahom king who infused in the people the importance of work culture and honed their skills in various disciplines. �It is through instilling a proper work culture that we can take the State along the high road to glory and prosperity,� he said.
The Chief Minister hoped that the young generation would uphold his ideals to take Assam along the path of progress and prosperity in the days ahead.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Cultural Affairs, Pranati Phukan, said that Suikapha was not only a great warrior but also one of the greatest integrators of society. �Suikapha sowed the seed of the greater Assamese society many centuries ago,� she said.
Dr Anil Saikia, principal, Moran College, said Suikapha laid the economic foundation by giving importance to agriculture. He further said that the Ahom king treated everyone with equality and delivered fair justice.
Swapnalil Barua, Secretary, Cultural Affairs, spoke about the significance of the Asom Divas. The function was attended, among others, by Chairman, GMDA, Capt Robin Bordoloi and Director, Cultural Affairs, Madhurima Baruah.
Earlier, the Chief Minister gave away prizes to the winners of the essay competition on the occasion.