India leaving colonial mindset behind: PM Modi
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India is leaving behind the colonial mindset and is filled with a sense of pride for its heritage.
In his address at the 400th birth anniversary celebrations of Lachit Barphukan, the Prime Minister said: "I pay my respects to the land of Assam who gave us brave hearts like Lachit Borphukan.
“We received the opportunity to celebrate the 400th birth anniversary celebrations of Lachit Barphukan at a time when the country is celebrating the Amrit Kaal of its independence. This historic occasion is a proud chapter in the history of Assam."
He said that Assam's history is a matter of great pride in India's journey.
"We believe in uniting the various thoughts, beliefs and cultures of India. Today, India has broken the shackles of colonialism and is moving forward, celebrating our heritage and remembering our heroes with pride," said Modi.
"Leaving behind the colonial mindset, the nation is filled with a sense of pride in our heritage. Today, India isn't only celebrating its cultural diversity but also proudly remembering historical heroes of its culture," he said.
"Great personalities like Lachit Barphukan, and immortal offsprings of Bharat Maa are our constant inspirations for the fulfilment of the resolutions of this Amrit Kaal," he said.
Born on 24th November 1622 in Charaideo, Barphukan was known for his extraordinary military intelligence in defeating the Mughals, thereby halting the expanding ambitions of Aurangzeb in the Battle of Saraighat.
On November 24, each year, Lachit Diwas is celebrated state-wide in Assam to commemorate the heroism of Lachit Borphukan and the victory of the Assamese army at the Battle of Saraighat.
A flagship event was organised by the central government at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi this week to showcase the life of one of the greatest warriors of eastern India and celebrate his achievements outside his home state to pay nationwide tribute on the leader's 400 birth anniversary.