GUWAHATI: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal unveiled a life-size statue of great Ahom general Lachit Borphukan at Sepon in Charaideo district on Wednesday. The statue of Lachit Borphukan has been installed by Sepon Unit of the All Tai Ahom Students’ Union (ATASU). The life-size starue is around 33 feet tall including its pedestal.
Speaking on the occasion, CM Sarbananda Sonowal said that Mahabir Lachit Borphukan’s courage and valour gave distinct identity to the Assamese people worldwide inspiring generations after generations to dedicate themselves selflessly in the service of the nation. The Assam CM lauded the Sepon Unit of ATASU for this praiseworthy initiative and observed that the statue of Lachit Borphukan would continue to remind people about this great warrior’s indelible contributions and duty of the people towards the society.
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Sonowal at the same time also called upon the ATASU leadership and its members to play a more proactive role in strengthening the greater Assamese society.
Stating that the Ahom kings espousing the ideals of unity and harmony created six hundred years of remarkable history full of heroism and great virtues, Sonowal said that there was a need for further research on the history of Ahom period. He also pointed out that the State government took up the initiative to set up ‘Swargadeo Samannay Kshetra’ in a bid to inspire the younger generation to realize the contributions of the 42 great Ahom kings. The chief minister also said that while the global organization today talk about unity, solidarity and harmony, the Ahom kings much earlier set precedent of these ideals in its kingdom.
Sonowal further said that following Lachit Barphukan’s ideals, people of the Ssate would have to devote themselves for safeguarding the Assamese identity, its culture and heritage. The way Lachit Borphukan defeated the invaders was a testimony of the might and capability of the Assamese people, Sonowal said adding that there was a need to rejuvenate that strength to take the Assamese community forward in the 21st century.
As part of #AsomDiwas celebrations, unveiled a statue of great Ahom general Bir Lachit Barphukan in a programme organised by All Tai Ahom Students Union at Sepon. pic.twitter.com/olgSJkyobW
— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) December 2, 2020