JAMMU, Mar 16: Jammu Province Peoples’ Forum, an amalgam of more than 50 non-political organizations engaged in the upliftment and fight for the right people of Jammu against discrimination and disparity in all the spheres, on Friday celebrated the State Raising Day, which was marked with great zeal, pomp and show by an impressive gathering near the statue of Shri Maharaja Hari Singh at Tawi Bridge by hoisting Tricolour.
Addressing the gathering, President JPPF Pavittar Singh Bhardwaj said that it was the auspicious day of March 16, 1846, that the Kashmir province was annexed with Jammu by Maharaja Gulab Singh against the payment of Rs 75 lakh to the British Empire, who accepted and recognized Maharaja Gulab Singh as the ruler of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Maharaja Gulab Singh was the founder of Royal Dogra Dynasty hand was Maharaja of princely state of J&K, the second largest princely State in British India, he said adding that it was the JPPF who pioneered the celebration of the Raising Day of J&K State and is continuing to celebrate the historical event every year on this day.
He said that the common man is ignorant about the history of the Jammu and Kashmir State as the elected successive governments deliberated ignored historic day March 18 for their own vested reasons as the State Government ever dominated by Kashmir rulers who remained reluctant to decimate the regime of Dogra rulers.
Maharaja Gulab Singh was a warrior with a soft corner of all religions and wanted to maintain and promote a secular character of his state, this was the reason, he took a lot of interest to annex Kashmir, which was the land of Sufi Saints inhabited Muslims, Pandits, Sikhs and other religions, he said adding that Maharaja ruled the State with great authority, secularism and people-friendly.
Pavittar Singh appealed to the public to celebrate the raising day of the State as a mark of respect to the first ruler and creator of the Jammu and Kashmir State as a whole. He advised celebrations should be made at district, Teshil and block level in the entire State by hoisting Tricolour and distribution of sweets to strengthen secularism, democracy, unity, nationalism, amity and brotherhood in the society.
Besides Working President JPPF M.S Katoch, the celebration was attended by Rajiv Mahajan, lnderjeet Khejuria, Narayan Singh, Neeraj Gupta, Avinash Bhatia, M.L Sharma, R.S Jamwal, Rajinder, Sunita Sharma, Kamla Sharma, Kamal Choudhary, Pawan Sharma, Pritam Sharma, Gurmeet Singh, Rashpal Singh, Surinder Veer, Harjinder Singh, Devinder Singh Salathia, Prof O.P Sharma, R.L Tandon, Balwan Singh, Pawan Gupta, Prof Darshan Singh Bhatia, Prof B.L Bhardwaj, Ram Rattan Sharma and Kulbir Singh Slathia.