Lachit Borphukan

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    • Recently, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has paid tribute to Lachit Borphukan.

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    • Born: 24th November 1622.
      • This day is celebrated by the people of Assam and the nation as Lachit Diwas.
    • He was an Army General of Ahom (Assam) Kingdom and is revered as the greatest military hero of Assam.
    • He excelled in the art of Guerrilla Warfare.
    • He is known for his exemplary leadership in the Battle of Saraighat (1671), where the Ahoms defeated the Mughal forces.
      • The battle was fought on the Brahmaputra River near Saraighat and was the last major attempt by the Mughals to extend their empire into Assam.
    • The Lachit Borphukan gold medal is awarded to the best cadet from the National Defence Academy.
      • It was instituted in 1999 to inspire defence personnel to emulate Borphukan’s heroism and sacrifices.
    • Death: 25th April 1672.

    Source: PIB