KMLD bats for State holiday on Sept 23

MLA Udhampur, Balwant Singh Mankotia, along with other dignitaries presenting a memento to international Skater, Chandeep Singh, at Jammu.
MLA Udhampur, Balwant Singh Mankotia, along with other dignitaries presenting a memento to international Skater, Chandeep Singh, at Jammu.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Sept 20: Khand Mithe Log Dogre (KMLD) – a body promoting rich culture of Dogras, during a seminar organized today under the title “Saade Maharaj Hari Singh Ji” at Press Club Jammu, bat for State holiday on September 23, birth anniversary of Maharaj Hari Singh.
On the occasion, chairman of “Khand Mithe Log Dogre”, Himanshu Jai Hind and president, Arun Slan announced “Sher-e-Duggar” for the personalities of Jammu, who have contributed in different fields.
Former MLA Udhampur and president J&K National Panthers Party, Balwant Singh Mankotia, president, J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu, B S Slathia, chairman, Team Jammu, Zorawar Singh Jamwal and secretary, Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Gourav Gupta, were the key speakers in the seminar.
Speaking on the occasion, B S Slathia, the main speaker, said that holding seminars and debates of saving ‘Dogriyat’ has become a compulsion in present scenario. He said that it is only because of Maharaja Hari Singh that the state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India.
Throwing light on the life history of Maharaja Hari Singh, Zorawar Singh Jamwal said, “Maharaja not only worked for the upliftment and betterment of the society but he was an example of secularism. We all are indebted to him,” he said and added that leaving aside all political aspirations, Jammu must demand holiday on 23 September—the birth anniversary of Maharja Hari Singh—the last ruler of Dogra Dynasty.
Balwant Singh Mankotia, in his address, said that it was only because of Maharaja Hari Singh, J&K is part of world’s largest democratic set up. “He faced lot of pressure in the hands of communal forces but he did not bow down,” he added and said that the matter over holiday on his birth anniversary should not be politicized.
Gourav Gupta, secretary CCI also spoke on Maharaja Hari Singh and his life history. He appealed to the youth of Jammu to unite for Jammu and save the Dogra culture.
Earlier ‘Shan-e-Duggar’ awards were presented to Surya Bhanu Pratap (Asian Bronze Medallist), Chandeep Singh (International Skater), Ashish Kohli (Journalist) and Manish Singh Jamwal (Turban expert).

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