London, 10 October 2016: Voice of Dogras (VOD), a community of the Jammu & Kashmir diaspora, commemorated the 121st birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh, the last ruler of Jammu & Kashmir at the House of Common in the UK Parliament today. The occasion was a unique opportunity to not only celebrate Maharaja Hari Singh’s legacy and contribution to Jammu & Kashmir but also provide insights into the history of Dogras and their role in assisting the UK in WW1 and WW2.
The event saw presentations by Dr Shabir Chowdhury from POJK who is also the Chairman Institute of Kashmir Affairs, Writer TV Anchor and Author.
Faria Atique, from POJK and In Charge of Human Rights, UKPNP shared a personal account of the Maharaja’s times pre 1947. Maharaja Hari Singh- More than a Hindu King who ruled over a Muslim majority State was a Paper Presentation by Manu Khajuria, Founder Voice of Dogras Community Activist and Freelance Writer. Lakshmi Kaul, KP Community Leader also spoke on this occasion.
About Voice of Dogras (VOD)
Voice of Dogras is an organisation attempting to bring back the lost narrative of Dogras of the Jammu region. It was founded by Ms Manu Khajuria in early 2015 in London and has a growing member community across the world. VOD’s goal is to encourage and promote the region’s history and culture and celebrates the pluralism of J&K. It aims to be a bridge between the different communities who call J&K home and explore the rich Dogra and J&K culture together.