BRAHMAPUTRA – The Story of Lachit Barphukan , Assamese contemporary of Chhatrapati Shivaji .
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The year is 1661 and Aurangzeb has sent two of his best warriors – Mir Jumla and Diler Khan to conquer Assam. The Mughal empire already spreads from Kabul to Bengal on the border of Assam.The distant land, being ruled by the Ahom dynasty, is in disarray at the time. Mir Jumla swiftly sweeps across the hilly banks of the Brahmaputra, and annexes more than half the kingdom to the Mughal empire, including the prized city of Guwahati. Their villages and cities stand destroyed, their temples and places of burial are defiled and the Ahom princess is forcefully taken to the Mughal harem. The Ahom king, Chakradhwaj Singha, resolves to remove the stain of this insult to his land and people by waging war against the Mughals. He reposes his faith in a newly appointed commander – Lachit Barphukan. A long drawn campaign begins to oust the invaders from Assam ….
This is the heroic tale of the Assamese and their leader Lachit Barphukan, who inspired his men to face the Mughal empire. A story of the basic human desire for freedom and the people’s struggle to achieve it. A tale of their valour and sacrifice.
At the same time, far away in the Deccan, the Marathas are also fighting for swarajya from the Mughals. Thus linking the far flung lands with a common love of freedom and swarajya and the will to fight for it.
Pgs : 232
Price : Rs 250
Language : English
Useful links :
*Review of Brahmaputra in DNA Newspaper by Amlanjyoti Hazarika —
*My article on Lachit Barphukan in DNA Newspaper —
*Foreword to Brahmaputra by Padmashree Achyut Gokhale (IAS Retd , Nagaland cadre)
Foreword to Brahmaputra – The Story of Lachit Barphukan
Sample pages from Brahmaputra
Chapter 1 : Jayadhwaj Singha
Why have I chosen this topic to write (Preface) :