Assam entered the Guinness World Records Hall of Fame for the ‘largest number of handwritten notes submitted for a common purpose’.
This was special as over 42.94 lakh handwritten notes on great Ahom general Lachit Borphukan has been recognized for the feat.
Guinness World Records adjudicator Swapnil Dangarikar on March 9 handed over the certificate to Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma during a programme held at Janata Bhawan in Guwahati.
To mark the 400th birth anniversary of the great Ahom general Lachit Borphukan, the Assam government organized a year-long celebration and as a part of the event, the state government received a total of 42,94,350 handwritten essays from different parts of the world.
“Assam celebrated 400th birth anniversary of Lachit Borphukan and during that point of time we appealed to every citizen of Assam and India to write something about Lachit Borphukan and upload it on the portal which we have created especially for the purpose,” chief minister Sarma said.
“As many as 57 lakh people had uploaded their thoughts on Lachit Borphukan during that period. Out of that, 42.94 lakh was handwritten. Guinness World Records has confirmed that this is the largest handwritten photo album so far in the records of the Guinness World Records. Accordingly, they have confirmed, certified and handed over the certificate to the people of Assam. I am really feeling glad, privileged and honoured that so much participation was there. People have really paid rich tribute to Lachit Borphukan and we want to continue our journey of bringing Lachit Borphukan into the centre stage of India,” Sarma added.
He further thanked the youths for their tributes to Ahom general.
“I salute our youngsters for having shown their affection for the legendary General. I also thank the hardworking students and others in India and abroad for writing tributes on the brave Ahom general,” he said.
The Assam chief minister also said that the state government is trying to hold largest Bihu dance demonstration in one single venue on April 14.
“Around 12,000 youth of Assam will perform Bihu dance on that day. Prime minister Narendra Modi will also be present on the occasion to give us blessings. That will be the largest Bihu demonstration in one single venue. We are working on it,” Sarma said.