Asom Divas 2021: All you need to know about day honouring Chalong Sukapha

The Ahom dynasty founder is believed to have left Maulang in the year 1215 with over 9,000 people and wandered around for years, before settling in Upper Assam’s Charaideo in the year 1235

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Asom Divas 2021: All you need to know about day honouring Chalong Sukapha

Chalong Sukapha ruled over Assam in the 13th century and is credited with founding the Ahom dynasty that ruled over the region for six centuries. Wikimedia Commons

Every year, Asom Divas or Assam Day is celebrated on 2 December to commemorate the rule of Chalong Sukapha. Sukapha ruled over Assam in the 13th century and is credited with founding the Ahom dynasty that ruled over the region for six centuries.

Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and former Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal took to social media to mark the occasion. He tweeted:

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, too, paid tribute to Sukapha to mark Assam Day.

The state unit of Congress party also took to social media to commemorate the occasion:

The Governor of Assam and Nagaland, Professor Jagdish Mukhi paid tribute to the founder of the Ahom dynasty and appealed to citizens to work together so that they could build a harmonious state based on the “age old principles of unity & brotherhood” that were espoused by the king —

Who was Sukapha?

Asom Divas has been marked by the Assam government to commemorate the rule of the 13th century king and the founder of the Ahom dynasty. He is believed to have left Maulang in the year 1215 with over 9,000 people and wandered around for years, before settling in Upper Assam’s Charaideo in the year 1235.

It was in this place that Sukapha laid the foundation of the Ahom dynasty. As per a report by Indian Express, he was successful in assimilating different tribes and communities in the region.

He maintained cordial ties with many groups living in the region such as the Sutias, Kacharis and Morans. The intermarriage between the communities also strengthened the assimilation process, leading to the Sukapha being called as the architect of greater Assam.

Controversy over Sukapha

Last year, political commentator Garga Chatterjee had described the Ahom dynasty founder as a “Chinese invader”. A huge controversy had erupted over the comments, with then Assam Chief Minister Sonowal directing Guwahati police to arrest Chatterje for his comments.

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