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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Pioneer of the Ahom kingdom remembered

SILCHAR/SIVASAGAR, Dec 2: Chaolung Sukaphaa, also known as Siu-Ka-Pha, the first Ahom king in medieval Assam and known for his valour and administrative acumen was recalled State-wide on Sukaphaa Divas today. King Sukaphaa established his kingdom in 1228 which flourished for nearly 600 years and in the process unified various tribal and non-tribal people of the region. And in reference to his position in the history of Assam, the honorific “Chaolung” (Chao meaning lord and Lung meaning great) has been associated with his name.

Barak Valley observed the day with a seminar-cum-conference organized by the Miraj Foundation in the premises of a local hotel today. Deputy director of Information and Publicity Haran Dey, while inaugurating the function, said Sukaphaa was a remarkable personality in the history of Assam who laid the foundation of the Ahom kingdom. His reign is regarded as the longest than any other dynasty in the whole world.

Sukapha was in fact a real diplomat who adopted the policy of matrimonial alliances with indigenous people, Dey said and added that he consolidated his position by marrying the princess of the Barahi and Moran kings and later appointing them in high administrative posts.
Cachar Paper Mill deputy general manager T Lahon, Assam Rifle Institute of Information Technology principal AR Roy, Bharat Scouts and Guides district secretary Samir Medhi, Cachar Paper Mill liaison officer Chittaranjan Bharati, research scholar Ratish Chandra Nath and programme officer Monita Urang highlighted the many-faceted personality of Sukaphaa during the seminar.

Charaideo, the first capital of the Ahom Kingdom, has become a hot destination for tourists as well as visitors in general from different parts of the country today. Many pay their homage to Sukaphaa at Charaideo which has become a sacred place for the Ahoms and a heritage site of the State. Budhan Sinha of Miraj Foundation conducted the entire proceedings.

The Chao-lung Siu-ka-pha Divas was observed as Assam Day centrally at the Tai Ahom Sanskritik Vikas Kendra in Sivasagar with a day-long programme today. The day-long observation of the day started with the phura-lung puja in the morning. A cultural procession was also taken out on the occasion depicting the rich cultural heritage of the State.

Speaking on the occasion, senior journalist Manoj Barthakur, while terming Siu-ka-pha’s rule as a golden era, said that the founder of the Ahom dynasty was a foresighted personality. “Siu-ka-pha’s vision was to convert Assam into a golden land and he was successful in uniting the different tribes and linguistic groups of the State, thereby laying the foundation of Bor Assam,” he said.

“Siu-ka-pha’s vision was unique in many aspects. He never imposed his own culture, religion and language upon the people after he defeated the various tribes that existed in the State during that period. He spent 13 long years in his voyage to Assam and 50 years of his life was spent on struggle,” he said. Barthakur further said that Siu-Ka-Pha realized that force can never unite a society and, therefore, he gave responsibilities to all persons irrespective of caste and religion depending upon the merit of the individual.

He lamented that such a great personality has not been given due recognition in the present era and urged the need to spread the vision of Sui-ka-pha throughout the world. Speaking on the occasion, senior journalist and lecturer at Gargaon College Dr Saumar Jyoti Mahanta lamented that the government has failed to protect the historical monuments of the State. DIPRO Tridip Nandan Bora also voiced his concern for protection of the historical heritage of the State. THE SENTINEL

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