GUWAHATI, NOV 23: Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday inaugurated the three-day celebrations of the 400th birth anniversary of the 17th centuary Ahom General Lachit Borphukan at Vigyan Bhawan organized centrally in New Delhi.
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal was present during the inauguration programe.
While Speaking at the event, union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for making a comprehensive attempt for the first time in making the rest of the country aware of a personality as towering as Lachit Borphukan.
Referring to Lachit Borphukan as a “total patriot”, she said that it is important for every Indian to know about his indomitable display of valour and courage, along with strategy that he displayed, in the battlefield.
The union finance minister, while making an appeal to the government of Assam to organise similar events highlighting the Ahom era in various parts of the country said that she would request the union ministry of culture to co-operate with the Assam go Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman also cut the ribbon to mark the inauguration of an exhibition displaying artefacts starting from the reigns of Kumar Bhaskar Varman.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, paying rich tributes to the great Ahom general, said that the saga of courage, patriotism and sacrifice displayed by Lachit Borphukan is undoubtedly one of the most glorious chapters of Indian history.