Must leave behind mindset of slavery, India’s history about bravery and sacrifice, says PM Modi | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday addressed the closing celebrations of the 400th birth anniversary of legendary Assam war hero Lachit Barphukan, where he paid a tribute to him for defending Assam against the Mughals and preserving its culture during times of war.
The Prime Minister said the contributions of India’s greats wasn’t recognised and made a strong case for rewriting India’s history. He said that it was time to leave the history of slavery behind and urged everyone to take pride in country’s rich heritage.
“Today India has broken the shackles of colonialism and is moving forward, celebrating our heritage and remembering our heroes with pride,” he said. He added, “in every corner of the country, brave sons and daughters fought oppressors, but this history was intentionally suppressed.”

He further 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,” said PM 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 at the 400th birth anniversary celebration of Lachit Barphukan.
The Prime Minister said that India has always valued its rich and cultural heritage and has always protected its spiritual and cultural principles.
He said that Lachit Borphukan’s life inspires us to live the mantra of ‘Nation First.’
“The new India is moving forward with the mantra of ‘Nation First’. When a nation knows about its heritage, it can create a path for its future. Veer Lachit Barphukan’s life gives us inspiration and direction, to always give priority to our great nation’s welfare,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that each and every youth of India is a warrior when it comes to saving their cultural heritage from any external forces.
The event honouring the great hero was organised in Delhi and also attended by Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, Governor Jagadish Mukhi, Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal
Born on 24th November 1622 in Charaideo, Lachit Barphukan was known for his extraordinary military intelligence in defeating the Mughals, thereby halting the expanding ambitions of Aurangzeb in the Battle of Saraighat.
(With inputs from agencies)

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