JAMMU, Dec 25: Prize distribution function was organized to award winners of the 2nd online essay contest-2021 at Sanskriti Bhavan Roop Nagar, here today.
About 50 contestants wrote their respective essays on the topic “Didda Rani-The Warrior Queen of Kashmir”. The contest was conducted in English, Koshur and Sharda in junior, senior and super senior categories.
Vice Chancellor University of Jammu, Prof Manoj Dhar was the chief guest of the prize distribution function. He appreciated the efforts put in the direction of popularizing the lost and forgotten golden chapter of Kashmir Hindu history. “The sacrifice laden struggle of Didda Rani overpowering so many odds at a crucial juncture of the history of Kashmir desha, should keep our future generation confident enough to return back to our birth land with all honor and dignity,” he emphasized.
Vidhi Raina from Conventry School Tulmul Ganderbal won first prize, while Aayushi Raina from Dhobiwan Budgam stood 2nd and Nandita Pandita from Shemford Futuristic School Wanpoh Anantnag and Mehak Raina Coventry School Tulmul shared 3rd prize in junior category, whereas Rudakshi Ganju of Lajoora Pulwama, Rudra Pandita of KV Baramulla and Vanshika Raina of Dobivan Budgam got consolation prizes.
Chand Tikoo, Vijay Bhat and Princy Raina shared the first prize. Ravinder Nath Bhat, Retd senior Bank officer (Logripora/Najafgarh) and Meenakshi Ramesh (Vessu, Anantnag) were declared as overall Champions whose essay in both Sharda and Koshur/English categories were adjudged the best.
“The time has come to inculcate the martial and leadership qualities of women like Didda Rani and Kota Rani among our growing children in addition to grooming them for career oriented competitive exams,” Swami Yajnadharnanda, secretary RK Mission J&K said.
The organizing team thanked the sponsors of the event especially Pt N Jotshi Foundation, Pt RK Ganjoo Memorial Trust, community organizations, Mandir committee and Kiran Wattal, former JMC Commissioner as well as Radio Sharda for wide publicity.