Rudra Singha – The greatest king of North East India

Originally published in DNA on 26 Feb 2017 When we speak of medieval Assam, Lachit Barphukan is perhaps the only name known to us, for his exploits against the Mughals. But the person who took Assam to its cultural and political zenith was a king named Rudra Singha, who ruled between 1696 and 1714 AD.Continue reading “Rudra Singha – The greatest king of North East India”

Garden to Cup – A history of tea !

A piping hot cup of tea is something we routinely drink and also offer any and every guest. In fact, it is so common a courtesy, that not being offered a cup of tea would seem rude to many people! Let us see how tea began it’s journey in the jungles of Assam as aContinue reading “Garden to Cup – A history of tea !”

Chilarai – The swift – as – a- kite Koch warrior

The Senapati of the kingdom of Koch Behar led many victorious military campaigns. He also gave protection to Shrimant Shankaradeva and rebuilt the destroyed Kamakhya temple in Guwahati. Read more about him in this article by me , originally published in DNA : Chilarai – Swift as a kite Koch warrior

ACROSS BRAHMAPUTRA WITH WARRIOR LACHIT BORPHUKAN

The great Assamese general knew his terrain, the brave river, the Mughals, and his battles well. Aneesh Gokhale follows his hero, this time, on foot in Guwahati, and returns drenched in history. Read my full article about my trip to Guwahati to learn about Lachit Barphukan at Creatuve India –>  Across Brahmaputra with Lachit Borphukan My bookContinue reading “ACROSS BRAHMAPUTRA WITH WARRIOR LACHIT BORPHUKAN”

Rudra Singha – Plan to invade Bengal

The great Ahom king Rudra Singha had mobilised 4 lakh soldiers to invade Mughal-ruled Bengal, but his untimely death at Guwahati stalled the campaign Read my full article in DNA Newspaper  – Rudra Singha Check out my book on Lachit Barphukan at Amazon India

Aneesh Gokhale articles in DNA Newspaper

I  write a fort – nightly column for DNA Newspaper which is based out of Mumbai. Through these, I try to present a view of history not usually covered in school textbooks, hence the name #Alternate Histories. Short essays about little known facts spanning the length and breadth of both space and time. Please followContinue reading “Aneesh Gokhale articles in DNA Newspaper”

Lachit Barphukan – A few interesting anecdotes .

The far flung region of North East India is seldom mentioned in our history books ! One such unsung hero is Lachit Barphukan, the Assamese commander who defeated the huge Mughal armies of Aurangzeb, commandeered by none other than Ram Singh, the Raja of Amer. The Battle of Saraighat is an extremely famous naval battle,Continue reading “Lachit Barphukan – A few interesting anecdotes .”

Lachit Barphukan – Defeater of Mughals

Today I shall talk about Lachit Barphukan – a household name in Assam, but largely unknown outside of that region. He is perhaps the reason why Assam is a part of India today and retains , nay celebrates its dharmic and Indic connections. He led a the Assamese armies against the Mughals and ensured thatContinue reading “Lachit Barphukan – Defeater of Mughals”