Rich tributes paid to Maharaja Hari Singh on 125th birth anniversary

Tributes being paid to Maharaja Hari Singh at Maharaja Hari Singh Park in Jammu on Wednesday.
Tributes being paid to Maharaja Hari Singh at Maharaja Hari Singh Park in Jammu on Wednesday.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 23: The 125th birth anniversary of last Dogra ruler of J&K state, Maharaja Hari Singh was celebrated today with great enthusiasm by several political parties, social organizations, educational institutions and people in general through out the Union Territory.
Jammu & Kashmir Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) paid warm tributes to Maharaja Hari Singh on his birth anniversary in separate functions across the length and breadth of Jammu and Kashmir. The main programme was organized by BJYM at Maharaja Hari Singh Ji Park, where J&K BJP president Ravinder Raina, former Deputy CM Kavinder Gupta, vice-president Yudhvir Sethi, BJYM president Arun Jamwal and other senior leaders of BJP and BJYM paid floral tributes on the statue of Maharaja Hari Singh. Click here to watch video
BJP also paid floral tributes on the portrait of Maharaja Hari Singh at party headquarter, Trikuta Nagar, Jammu. J&K BJP additional publicity secretary and district incharge RS Pura Ayodhya Gupta along with BJP media incharge Dr Pardeep Mahotra also organized a programme at Talab Tillo Jammu to pay tributes to Maharaja. Similarly, the small programmes with restricted gatherings were organized at the booth level by the BJP leaders across J&K.
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) paid rich tributes to the Maharaja Hari Singh on his birth anniversary. Paying floral tributes to the Maharaja on behalf of the entire rank and file of the party, JKPCC chief spokesperson Ravinder Sharma said that the Maharaja’s role and contributions to the freedom movement and his visionary and statesmanship qualities shall always be celebrated and remembered. He regretted that the present BJP Government betrayed the people by declining to declare birthday of Maharaja as a gazetted holiday.
Dharmarth Trust organized a simple but impressive programme at Maharaja Hari Sigh Park, where Ajatshatru Singh, former Minister and Ex-MLC and Ranvijay Singh, Trustees of J&K Dharmarth Trust paid floral tributes to Maharaja amidst chanting of Vedic Mantras. Speaking on the occasion, Ajatshatru Singh highlighted the contribution of Maharaja Hari Singh in socio-political and religious reforms in the erstwhile J&K state during his rule. He also threw light on the diverse facts of his personality and good governance.
In a virtual meeting of its core group, Dogra Sadar Sabha (DSS) paid tributes to revered Maharaja Hari Singh. The meeting convened by the DSS president Thakur Gulchain Singh Charak recalled various instances from the distinguished life of the Maharaja and the many reforms made by him as a forward looking ruler for whom the religion was justice to his people. Members pointed out that the UT Government is yet silent over popular demand of declaring a holiday on the Maharaja’s Birth Anniversary.
BJP unit of Jammu West paid tributes to Maharaja Hari Singh in a program organized by district president Munish Khajuria. Former J&K BJP president Sat Sharma, former MLC Vikram Randhawa, district sangathan mantri Mohan Singh Rana and district general secretary Karan Sharma were also present. Speaking on the occasion, Sat Sharma remembered the role of Maharaja for taking the J&K to new heights.
Shri Amar Kshatriya (Rajput) Sabha J&K held a function at Sabha Bhawan Purani Mandi Jammu to pay rich tributes to the Maharaja. Havans were performed and Ahuties were given to Godesses. Later on, Biradri members along with president Rajput Sabha Narayan Singh visited statue site of Maharaja at Tawi Bridge, Bagh-e-Bahu and Maharaja Hari Singh Ji Park to offer floral tributes to Maharaja. Narayan Singh appealed the J&K LG to declare Gazetted holiday on the Birth Anniversary of Maharaja. J&K youth wing president of the Sabha, Pawan Chib was also present on the occasion.
To mark the occasion, Team Jammu today released an audio-video album “A Tribute to Maharaja Hari Singh ji” highlighting the life and working of great visionary and last Dogra ruler of J&K, during a function organized at its headquarters here today. The album song has been sung by renowned singer Rakesh Slathia, written by noted Dogri poet Randheer Singh Raipuria, composed by Sahil Lucky and edited by Akash Dogra. Chairman, Team Jammu, Zorawar Singh Jamwal, who formally released the album, paid rich tribute to Maharaja Hari Singh and came down heavily on Government for not declaring September 23rd as holiday.
Paying rich tributes to Maharaja, National Coordinator AICC Vichar Vibhag and former legislator Advocate Ashok Kumar Sharma remembered his contribution for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Sharma said that Maharaja’s contribution for strengthening and uplifting the weaker sections of the society, measures for protecting forest and natural resources, creation of wildlife and paying stress on female education are few of reformative measures undertaken by him.
A meeting of the office bearers of the DSSP held today to pay tribute to Maharaja Hari Singh on his birthday anniversary. The meeting unanimously endorsed the message of its leader Ch Lal Singh, while remembering Maharaja Hari Singh, called upon the rank and file of DSSP to gear up for the final shot for the restoration of the Dogra pride in the form of Jammu state.
The workers of Dogra Front & Shiv Sena under the leadership of their president Ashok Gupta celebrated Maharaja Hari Singh’s birthday with great enthusiasm. Candles were lighted as a mark of respect for the great leader and then ration (Rice, Wheat Flour and Sugar) was distributed among the needy. Gupta termed him the saviour of J&K, as his timely signing of the instrument of accession integrated state of J&K with India.
While paying rich tributes to Maharaja, Rishi Kaul Kilam National joint secretary and spokesperson youth wing of NCP said that Maharaja Hari Singh was known for his high virtues, secular character and his achievements, especially in the field of education and agriculture. Meanwhile NCP youth vice president Mashqur Ahmed Bhat hoped that the UT administration will declare the holiday on Maharaja Hari Singh’s birthday.
Organizing a rally, Yuva Rajput Sabha J&K celebrated Birth Anniversary of Maharaja. Addressing the media, Surinder Singh Gilli, president of the Sabha demanded holiday on the birth anniversary of late Maharaja Hari Singh and recalled his contribution in modernizing the state governance by establishment of Praja Sabha in the princely states. He alleged that successive political parties in Government duped the people of Jammu by not declaring holiday on the birth anniversary of Maharaja.
Dogra College of Education organized an inter-college online essay writing competition on the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh. The theme of the occasion was “the contribution of Maharaja Hari Singh Ji in education during his rule”. Thirteen colleges participated in this inter-college essay writing competition. Poonam Sharma of B M S Institute of Para Medical Sciences secured first position while second position was secured by Jasreen Chouhan of SKIMS and third position was secured by Hummera Firdous of Dogra Law College.
Amar Kashtriya Rajput Sabha Samba organised a programme in Rajput Sabha Samba and celebrated the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh. Rajput Sabha J&K president Narayan Singh was the chief guest while Capt Inder Singh president of Rajput Sabha Samba was also present. They paid floral tributes to Maharaja Hari Singh. Dogra cultural programs were presented thereafter.
District Congress Committee Jammu Rural paid tributes to Maharaj Hari Singh in a programme held here. Prominent leaders on the occasion who paid tributes were DCC Rural president, Hari Singh Chib and president JKPYC Uday Bhanu Chib, M K Bhardwaj member AICC and Kuldeep Kumar Chairman BDC Bhalwal. Hari Singh appealed the Government to declare holiday on birthday of Maharaja Hari Singh.
The 125th birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh was celebrated at Maharaja Hari Singh Chowk, Sainik Colony. On the occasion, Congress leader Thakur Jai Singh talked about developments and reforms during Maharaja Hari Singh rule. Jai Singh also stated that 23rd September should be declare as holiday and Jammu airport should be named after Maharaja Hari Singh and Jammu University after Maharaja Gulab Singh.
Members of Shree Amar Kshatriya Rajput Sabha, J&K (SAKRSJK) celebrated the birthday of last Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh today at Tawi bridge by offering floral tributes on his statute. Speaking on the occasion, Abhjeet Singh Jasrotia, general secretary and chief spokesperson, SAKRSJK highlighted the vision of Maharaja who held his citizens with high esteem, equality, and justice. Pavitar Singh (Retd Judge), president, SAKRSJK and Kuljeet Singh, vice president, SAKRSJK also paid tributes to Maharaja.
Paying homage to Maharaja Hari Singh by garlanding his statues at Tawi bridge, higher functionaries of RSS recalled the reforms done by him in J&K. They said the Maharaja who was an epitome of good governance and had always worked for uplifting his people. North Region Pracharak Pramukh of RSS, Rameshwar, Jammu Kashmir Prant Pracharak Rupesh Kumar and Seh Prant Pracharak Mukesh Kumar also paid homage.
Corporator Sahil Gupta from Municipal Committee Bishnah celebrated birth anniversery of Maharaja Hari Singh in different villages. He distributed sweets among the people and gave message of love. Gupta recalled rich legacy of his contributions and vision for the development of J&K state and its people.
A group of Dogra Youth (Janta ki Aawaaz) celebrated birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh with great enthusiasm. The group comprising Partap Singh Jamwal, Bhanu Partap Singh Goria and others recalled their demand to declare 23rd September as a Gazetted holiday for the J&K as a mark of respect to Maharaja Hari Singh and appealed the J&K LG to fulfill their demand.
Celebrating birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh, Amar Rajput Kshtriya Sabha Reasi demanded the Government to fulfill the public demand of declaring gazetted holiday on birthday of Maharaja.
Social activists Abhimanyu Kotwal of Bhaderwah and Gagandeep Khajuria of Bishnah region of Jammu paid floral tributes to Maharaja at Hari Singh Park, Jammu. Both the youth said that they are inspired by the life of Maharaja and want to work for the development of J&K.