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YRS appeals Governor to declare public holiday on Maharaja's birth anniversary
8/20/2018 11:36:25 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Aug 20: Yuva Rajput Sabha (YRS) has reiterated its demand for public holiday on birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh ji, which falls on September 23 and also appealed governor N.N.Vohra to issue necessary order for the same.
Addressing a press conference at Jammu on Monday, YRS President Rajveer Singh drew attention towards the most important issue and demand of the entire Dogra community, which has played most important role in the formation of Jammu and Kashmir State under the leadership of Maharaja Gulab Singh, while Maharaja Gulab Singh fond this state, Maharaja Hari Singh is credited with various social reforms and accession of Jammu and Kashmir with Union of India, despite pulls and pressure from different quarters; he said.
Rajveer said Maharaja Hari Singh was a King who shattered the glass ceiling in more ways than one. He passed legislation against many social evils unlike his counterparts in the sub continent. He abolished untouchability and sacked the priest of Raghunathan Temple when he found out that the priest had refused entry to the lower castes despite his explicit orders.
He opened all public schools, colleges and wells to 'untouchables' in 1931. A social reformer both ahead of his times and courageous he was a champion of women's emancipation. Maharaja Hari Singh stopped the rampant practice of child marriage and actively promoted widow remarriage. He made trafficking and organised prostitution illegal. He was also successful in rooting out the practice of Sati.
Rajveer further said that Maharaja Hari Singh was a great educationist, his endeavours to promote literacy in the State were proactively inclusive of women's education. Primary and secondary education were free.
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