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THE BATTLE OF SARAIGHAT

“My Uncle is Not Greater than My Country.”

                                    -Lachit Borphukan

 

This is a very familiar phrase in Assamese culture and today, it stands as a reminder to one of the most pivotal points of Ahom history. The lesser known Battle of Saraighat played a very significant role in Indian history, just like the famous Battles of Panipat, Haldighati and Plassey. We often talk about the Marathas and the Rajputs but very few of us are aware of the Ahoms who ruled the eastern part of India and played a major role in the contribution of Indian history. 

 

The Ahom kingdom was centered in the state of Assam. In India, Assam was the only state that defeated 17 successive attempts of invasions by the Delhi Sultanate and the Mughal Emperors. While the rest of India was struggling to fight against the Mughal Rule, the Ahom Dynasty was one of the longest ruling dynasties, maintaining their sovereignty for nearly 600 years (1228–1826).

 

The History of United Nations

The United Nations was instituted on October 24, 1945 in San Francisco, California, thus turning the organisation 75 years old this year. The day is now observed as the United Nations Day. Having existed for three-fourths of a century and being two generations away from the Second World War, this international body is a persistent reminder of the many things to be done to achieve peace and security. 

The White House had once stated, ”On United Nations Day, we reflect on the progress made since, resolve to carry it forward and reaffirm our commitment to international co-operation rooted in the rights and responsibilities of nations across the globe.”

In honour of the same, we take you through a brief history of this international, co-operative body and its course of functioning in the past years.

Sputnik 1- The First Step Into The Space

After the first world war, the two decades were followed by the space race between Russia (then known as the Soviet Union) and the USA. The Space Race was a 20th-century competition between two Cold War rivals, the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States (US), to achieve firsts in spaceflight capability. It had its origins in the ballistic missile-based nuclear arms race between the two nations following World War II. The technological advantage required to rapidly achieve spaceflight milestones was seen as necessary for national security, and mixed with the symbolism and ideology of the time. The Space Race led to pioneering efforts to launch artificial satellites, uncrewed space probes of the Moon, Venus, and Mars, and human spaceflight in low Earth orbit and to the Moon.

Women in French Revolution

Due to the Nation state formation, and power of feudal lords was also receding, the entire setting of Mediaeval age was changing in France. Two important changes took place. Power of women eroded and patriarchal households emerged. Now women were confined to the household. This had an effect on women, women became divided into three categories : Aristocratic and Nobel women, Bourgeoisie women, Artisanal and working class women. We will see the role of all of these women in French Revolution. 

HISTORY IS NOT BORING!

Head inclined towards the table, eyes drifting from the person in front of you to the clock above, your head falls further until it hits the table and a loud call of your name jerks you awake.  All this while you wonder only one thing, ’why the hell is history so boring?’

For some history enthusiasts like us, history may not be boring but the monotonous repetition of same facts over the years may cause you to doze off in classes. For some, history classes can be a nightmare or like nighttime when they only want to sleep.

What if the lessons that we are taught in the classes are not the only noticeable events of history? There ought to be some harrowing episodes in the history of the world that would keep you on edge and keep you awake. What if we are taught about those daunting happenings in history classes?

The below listed perturbing benchmarks of human history will answer the above questions for you.