Rajkumar Ajit Narayan Singha, a descendant of the last of the independent Ahom King Purandhar Singha, breathed his last at his son’s residence in Guwahati on Sunday. Great grandson of the Ahom king Purandar Singha, and the mouzadar (government land revenue collector) of Jorhat town and Garmur Mouza, Singha was suffering from various old-age ailments for a prolonged period. He was 70 years old.
He belonged to the Tungkhungia clan of the Ahom royal dynasty and the family has been carrying on the occupation of mouzadar of Jorhat town since the British started the revenue system in Assam in the nineteenth century.
Associated with various social organizations, he was the chairman and main functionary of Hope Line, which helped child domestic workers become literate among other work. Singha also maintained ties with another branch of Tai Ahoms who had settled and ruled Thailand and a delegation from that country had once visited him here.
Ajit Narayan was a well-known writer. Singha, who resided in his ancestral house behind Elite Cinema Hall, was a famous columnist for an Assamese daily, Dainik Janambhumi. Singha left behind his wife, a son, a daughter, two elder sisters, two younger brothers and a host of relatives.