To commemorate the 400th birth anniversary of Commander-in-Chief of the Ahom Army, Bir Lachit Barphukan, N.F. Railway observed Lachit Divas from 21stto 24th November, 2022 in N. F. Railway Headquarters and all the divisions. Shri Anshul Gupta, General Manager of N. F. Railway and others officials paid homage by lighting the lamp and offering floral tribute to the portrait of Bir Lachit Barphukan. The officers, staffs of N. F. Railway Headquarters and representatives of various Associations and Unions were also present. An exhibition on the life history and heroic deeds of Bir Lachit Barphukan was displayed at Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Sabha Griha in N. F. Railway Headquarters complex.
All the divisions of N.F. Railway marked the occasion by lighting the lamp and offering floral tribute to the portrait of Bir Lachit Barphukan. on the occasion, members of Bharat Scouts and Guides, N. F. Railway performed skit by displaying the gallantry during the Battle of Saraighat of Bir Lachit Barphukan at N.F. Railway Headquarters and all the divisions. A sand painting exhibition was also created by sand artist Shri Robin Bar to portray the biography of Bir Lachit Barphukan. Prabhat pheri, essay, drawing and painting competitions were held across Railway schools over N. F. Railway. A cultural programme was also held at Rang Bhawan, Maligaon to mark the occasion.
Bir Lachit Barphukan was a great military leader and an exemplary figure of Assamese society. He is best known for leading the Ahom kingdom’s forces to victory against the invading Mughals in the Battle of Saraighat in 1671. He didn’t fight for religion or his own glory but he fought for his land, his own people and that is what made him win the battle against the Mughals.
Speaking on this occasion, Shri Anshul Gupta, General Manager of N. F. Railway mentioned about Commander-in-Chief of the Ahom Army, Bir Lachit Barphukanrole in driving out the much larger and better-equipped Mughal forces from Assam. Assam under Northeast India owes to the Bir Lachit Barphukan for remaining free from Mughal subjugation, the General Manager added.