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Flash Back August 1998

Freedom struggle in the North East

For the present generation,freedom struggle is but a glorious chapter in the annals of the nation’s history. A struggle which was non-violent pitted the moral strength of a subjugated nation against the might of a colonial power to emerge victorious as a free land. We present history of the national movement in States and also regional agitation’s, which proved to be a milestone in the country’s freedom struggle. This is an opportune moment to recreate the past and learn from the experience of these events.

Establishment of the British power in the North Eastern region of the country was facilitated by the collapse of the local rajas and chiefs due to the invasion of the Burmese in the early 19th century. The centuries old Ahom rule had eclipsed as a direct consequence of a series of invasions and intrusions by the Burmese. However, it was not smooth for the Britishers to subjugate all areas. In the resistance against the British domination the people belonging to the tribal communities played the most effective role.

The overrunning of an armoury of British soldiers in Northern tract of Assam by the Singphos in 1839 was an event of historic importance even though the Singphos were suppressed. In the Naga Hills, the Angamis of Khonama raised the banner of resistance against the foreign power in the middle of the 19th century.