JAMMU, Sept 20: The Dogra Sadar Sabha (DSS) has appealed to the people of Jammu to get united for the celebrations of birthday of Maharaja Hari Singh on Sept 23rd in Jammu.
Addressing the media persons here today, the president of the Sabha, Thakur Gulchain Singh Charak Former Minister, highlighted the issue of observing holiday on September 23 to celebrate the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh which is still hanging in balance even after the resolution was passed by the State Legislative Council. He informed that the Sabha has constantly been taking up, this issue of declaring Sept 23 as a holiday from time to time and at different occasions and in this regard Sabha’s last year’s appeal had invoked tremendous response from the civil society, private schools, trade and business organizations whereby they celebrated the birthday of Lt Maharaja Hari Singh, even Jammu Bar Association High Court J&K had also suspended their work on this day last year.
To give impetus to this cause, Sabha urged upon the civil society including social, religious, trade and business organizations to be a part of the celebrations being held across the State this year also, so that the Govt may understand the mood and voice of the people in support of declaring Sept 23 the birthday of the Maharaja as holiday to pay tribute to such a reformer and great Maharaja of the State.
Expressing dismay over the attitude of State Govt the Sabha members requested the Governor Satya Pal Malik, who is competent to consider this long pending demand which involves the sentiments of the whole Dogra race that comprising people from all religious sects, trades and walks of life and urged that the day should be declared a holiday.
Charak declared that the DSS shall celebrate the day at the Sabha Bhawan at 9 AM on Sept 23, 2018 where, besides, the Havan/Pooja, light will be thrown on the life of 100 years of Dogra rule and the life of Maharaj Hari Singh ji.
The DSS also appealed all educational institutions, market committees, unions and other organizations, to celebrate the day in their respective domains and hold talks on the life of the great Maharaja and the 100 years of Dogra rule elaborating the secularism, education, modernization, fairness and justice to one and all in this region known for peaceful co-existence and amicable hospitality.
Prof NK Dogra, Col Karan Singh Jamwal, Prem Sagar Gupta, Maj Gen Sunita Kapoor, Brig MS Jamwal, Col Virender Sahi, Amanat Ali Shah, GA Khawaja and Gambhir Dev Singh Charak also accompanied.