Rich tributes paid to Sahu Ji Maharaj

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 6: On virtual mode, members of All India Backward Classes Federation (AIBCF) J&K unit here today paid rich tributes to Chhaterpati Shahu Ji Maharaj on his 99th death anniversary.
The meeting was chaired by F.C Satia, J&K president of Federation.
Speaking on the occasion Satia said that Shahu Ji was appointed as the King of Kolhapur on July 2, 1894 and in 1912, he had made primary education compulsory and by July 25, 1917 he made it free.
He was the first Indian ruler to do so. Like the Phule couple, he laid great stress on women education. In 1920, he established a free hostel named Prince Shiva Ji Maratha Free Boarding House.
Balwant Kataria said that Cambridge University conferred an honorary doctorate of law to Shahu Ji Maharaj on June 1902.
Om Kataria, Raj Kumar Chalotra, Mehar Singh Labana, Girdhari Lal Sansi, Raman Chalotra and others were also present on the occasion.