Assam Govt creates world record for 42 lakh essays on Lachit Borphukan, CM Sarma receives certificate


Assam has achieved a place in the Guinness World Records for the largest number of handwritten notes submitted for a common purpose.

The authorities of the Guinness World Records handed over the certificate to Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma at an event held at Janata Bhawan in Guwahati today for almost 43 lakh handwritten essays on Lachit Borphukan submitted by the people of Assam and everywhere else in the world.

A total of 42,94,350 handwritten essays on the Ahom general were submitted, which is the largest number of handwritten notes ever submitted on an occasion, according to the Guinness World Records.

The essays were submitted as part of the 400th birth anniversary of Lachit Borphukan after the govt of Assam had appealed to the people to pay tribute to the legendary Ahom army commander by writing essays on him as part of the celebrations. In November 2022, the Assam govt launched a portal as part of the initiative, where people from all across the world could upload their essays. Apart from the portal, a mobile app was also launched for this purpose.

People could write their essays on paper and upload the images of the handwritten essays, could type and print the essay and upload its scanned copy, or also had the option of directly typing on the portal. The essays could be written free-form, while the govt had also provided a pre-formatted booklet based on which the essays could be written.

Over 57 lakh essays on Lachit Borphukan were submitted during this initiative, but the Guinness World Records considered only the images of handwritten essays, as the title of the record is a photo album of the largest number of handwritten notes. Therefore, 42,94,350 handwritten essays among all the submissions were considered for the record, as the rest were scans of printed copies or directly uploaded text on the portal.

After the essays were submitted, they were thoroughly checked to confirm that they were not images of blank pages or pages with random text, and this verification was accepted by the Guinness World Records authorities.