New Delhi, Dec 2 (PTI): An event to mark the ‘Assam Day’ was held here on Friday with Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal hosting an eminent gathering of academicians and writers to discuss various subjects related to the State from a historical and contemporary context, an official statement said.
Those who participated included JNU vice chancellor Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit, former pro vice chancellor of JNU Kapil Kapoor apart from many other intellectuals and dignitaries from different academic backgrounds.
“Today, on the pious occasion of Assam Day, we pay our sincere homage to the great unifier and the founder of the great Ahom dynasty in Assam, Swargadeo Saulung Sukapha.
“The priceless contribution of this great soul to unify the various communities to build the greater Assamese society remains the cornerstone of our identity,” Sonowal was quoted as saying.
The former Assam chief minister is the Cabinet minister for Ports, Shipping, Waterways and Ayush.
“Swargadeo Sukapha is a symbol of unity, good governance, and bravery for every Asomiya to draw inspiration from. The great king and founder of the Ahom dynasty displayed a rare combination of intellect, valour and vision which helped him to become one of the greatest leaders of Assam ever,” he said.
Under his stewardship, Sonowal said, the Assamese society worked to become ‘Atma Nirbhar’ as it started manufacturing various weapons, tools and goods that made the society an invincible military power.
“This strategic genius empowered us to regularly thwart any foreign invasion, including the multiple ones by the Mughals. The vision and value system that the great Swargadeo Sukapha ingrained while building the greater Assamese society still helps us to represent our society and Assam on the national and international stage with great pride,” he said.
A number of other participants, including senior bureaucrats and technocrats hailing from the North Eastern State, also spoke during the event.