Jayanta Malla Baruah, BJP MLA from Nalbari and political secretary to the Chief Minister of Assam, on Wednesday called upon all Hindus to "unite against Mughal-like evil forces" to secure 'jati, mati, bheti' (community- land- base) of the State's people.
While addressing a public gathering in Barpeta on the occasion of Lachit Diwas, the MLA said, "Secularism means separation of religion from political, economic, social and cultural aspects of life. It has been inscripted in our minds since time immemorial. We don't want secularism because in reality it neither has any value nor meaning. Our religion is our identity."
"All Hindus must unite to save Assam from the outsiders. Certain forces are trying to create division among us. We, the Assamese people must stand strong against attempts. We must follow the Sanātana Dharma ( alternative name for Hinduism) and stand against our attackers to save our Assamese community," he added.
The politician stated that the people of Assam must move forward with the 'Nation First, Always First' mantra.
"Lachit Borphukan is still relevant in present times. Keeping aside his personal ties, Lachit performed his national duty to save Assam. Similarly, we all must recognise our national duty, responsibility and stand against the ones who are trying to attack our community, culture, tradition and language. We must all proudly say that 'I am a Hindu' and fight against the evil forces," the MLA said.
Legendary Lachit Borphukan was a commander in the Ahom kingdom. He is known for his leadership in the 1671 Battle of Saraighat that thwarted a drawn-out attempt by Mughal forces under the command of Ramsingh I to take over Ahom kingdom.
Lachit Divas is celebrated annually in Assam on November 24, to mark the birth anniversary of the legendary Ahom army general.