Believe it or not, Prime Minister Narendra Modi considers Ahom general Lachit Borphukan as a noted freedom fighter from Assam.

Prime minister Modi on Friday said that ‘freedom fighters from Assam and Northeast like Gomdhar Konwar, Lachit Borphukan and Serat Sing’ have contributed to the independence of the country.

The Prime Minister made this serious mistake on Friday while speaking during the inauguration off the ‘Padyatra’ (Freedom March) from Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad and curtain raiser activities of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ (India@75).

Lachit Borphukanm was the 17th Century general of Assam’s erstwhile Ahom kingdom and he was in no way related to India’s freedom struggle.

The Ahom general had died on April 25, 1672, two centuries before the starting of India’s freedom struggle.

India’s freedom struggle spanned from 1857 to 1947.

Born on November 24, 1622, Borphukan was known for his leadership in the 1671 battle of Saraighat that defeated an attempt by Mughal forces to capture Assam.

The battle of Saraighat was fought on the banks of the Brahmaputra in Guwahati.

Critics say Modi’s comment on Lachit Borphukan has exposed his lack of knowledge on Assam and Northeast.

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