Birth anniversary of Dogra warrior observed
JAGTI (NAGROTA), Apr 21: National Conference Provincial president Devender Singh Rana today reiterated his demand of renaming Indian Institute of Technology at Nagrota after Mian Dido as a humble tribute to the great Dogra warrior.
“It will be a befitting homage to the illustrious son of the soil, who fought for the cause of millions, irrespective of religion, cast, creed and colour”, Mr Rana said at a function held in observance of the birthday celebration at Mian Dido Ji Devsthan, Jagti in Nagrota, organized by Mian Dido Welfare Committee.
Mr Rana demanded 50 per cent reservation in the non-academic and other subordinate positions of the IIT for the locals, describing them as major stakeholders in the establishment of this prestigious national level institution.
Mr Rana also announced the setting up of a Fund for grant of scholarship to outstanding boy and girl, two students each of the matric and 12th classes, to promote standard academics at the higher education level. He made the initial contribution for the Fund, which will be devoted to the uplift of educational facilities.
Prominent among those, who paid tributes to Mian Dido, included retired Session Judge Udhey Veer Singh, Judge (Retd) Pavitra Singh, president Shri Amar Kshatriya Rajput Sabha; MLC Romesh Arora, Purnima Sharma (Deputy Mayor JMC), Zorawar Singh (Chairman Team Jammu), Mohan Singh Slathia, Rakesh Singh Jamwal, Sukhdev Singh Jamwal, Dhananter Singh, Jagdish Singh Jamwal, Rakesh Singh Raka besides Panchs and Sarpanchs of the area.
Mr Rana also presented mementos to artist K K Gandhi, who sketched the magnificent portrait of Mian Dido, Mohan Singh Slathia, writer and Randhir Singh Raipuria, Dogri poet.
Speaking on the occasion, Sumant Singh Jamwal, vice president Shri Amar Kshatriya Rajput Sabha, dwelt upon the life and struggle of Mian Dido, saying the land of warriors will never compromise with the identity and dignity for which Mian Dido waged a relentless war over two centuries ago.
Zorawar Singh of Team Jammu said that Mian Dido has left an indelible imprint of his selfless service towards the society and his life will continue to serve as a guiding philosophy to coming generations.
The speakers pledged to work for retaining the character of the Duggar land, as per the vision of heroes like Mian Dido by further strengthening the spirit of accommodation, coexistence and tolerance.