Gogoi awards gold medal in Ahom general's memory
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi awarded the Lachit Borphukan gold medal to battalion cadet captain Deepak Kandpal for being adjudged the best cadet at the National Defence Academy (NDA) at Khadakwasla, Pune, yesterday.
The Lachit Borphukan gold medal NDA was instituted by the AssamGovernment in May 2000 to perpetuate the memory of Lachit Borphukan, the Commander-in-Chief of the erstwhile Ahom kingdom of Assam.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Gogoi placed Lachit Borphukan in the same league as Chhatrapati Shivaji and Maharana Pratap Singh, a release here today said.
He said these valiant men led from the front and left an indelible mark in the annals of military history.
" Borphukan exemplified courage, tact, military astuteness and outstanding leadership qualities and inflicted a crushing defeat on the mighty Mughals in the famous Battle of Saraighat, " he added.
Mr Gogoi also said the officers must also work for internal peace and security in the country, besides protecting the frontiers.
The Chief Minister said the Academy was an ideal platform for the overall grooming of a cadet and said it was no wonder that the products of the academy were able to lead a 'proper, organised and disciplined way of life, worth emulating'.
The Chief Minister later joined the cadets of the 123rd course in the traditional Academy Dinner night at the majestic Cadets' mess.
It was attended by Lieutenant General Ashok Singh, Commandant, Deputy Commandant Rear Admiral Anand Aiyar and several distinguished personalities.
The NDA is a joint services academy of the Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of the three services - the Army, the Navy and the Air Force - are trained together before they go on to pre-commissioning training to their respective service academies.
The academy is rated among the best in the world.