“My Uncle is Not Greater than My Country.”
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).