A talk on India’s Forgotten Hero from Assam: Lachit Borphukhan
Historians may have neglected Assam but history has not. History text books give details of the Indus Valley civilisation, the Ganges Valley civilisation and the Mughals, the British etc, but they hardly mention the Brahmaputra Valley civilisation, when the history of Assam is unique.
Rather, noteworthy to mention that Assam was the only State in India, which defeated 17 successive attempts at invasion by the Delhi Sultans and the Mughal Emperors are a reminder of the preservation of freedom of thought and culture of Bharat. The very name Assam, with its roots in the word Asama or invincible, denotes how this land held its own, through most of India’s medieval history. Ruled by the powerful Ahoms for 600 years from the mid 13th century, the Mughals couldn’t touch Assam. In fact, it was here that they suffered their most embarrassing defeat in the year was 1671 in the decisive battle of Saraighat, which was fought on the raging waters of the Brahmaputra.
India is a land of many heroes; yet the irony of the fact remains; several unsung heroes have either been forgotten with time or completely left out of history. One such unsung hero is Lachit Borphukan, the Assamese commander who defeated the huge Mughal armies of Aurangzeb, commandeered by none other than Ram Singh, the Raja of Amer.
Catch up with scintillating presentation of this most historic battle for preservation of national identity, as Aneesh Gokhale reveals with minutest details with grappling narration of sequences in moment of history.
About the Speaker:
Aneesh Gokhale, born March 1988, completed his schooling in Pune and is currently working in merchant navy as a navigating officer. He has an avid interest in history , borne mainly out of trekking the Sahyadris – hills steeped in long bygone events. He is the published author of two books – “Brahmaputra – The Story of Lachit Barphukan , Assamese contemporary of Chhatrapati Shivaji” and “Sahyadris to Hindukush – Maratha conquest of Lahore and Attock”. His essays and articles have been published in English (DNA, Swarajya Magazine, Indiafacts) and in Marathi (Vadantshree). He has given public talks on following topics at these and many more locations, and many more, just to mention a few:
1. Lachit Barphukan at 2018 Pondicherry Lit Fest and 2015 Pune Lit Fest
2. Maratha Mughal War at INTACH , Lodhi Estate, Delhi (2017)
3. Chhatrapati Shivaji at Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini’s Indian Institute of Democratic Leadership (Mumbai, 2018)
Date: Sunday , 16th Feb 2020
Speaker: Aneesh Gokhale
Time: 4pm to 6pm
Venue: Saffron Earth , Le’Mark School of Art and Design 4th floor Jyoti Chambers , Opp Railway Station – Ghatkopar (W) , Mumbai-400086.
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