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December 5, 2019 the last holiday to mark Sheikh Abdullah's birthday
Govt in next year's list of holidays set to omit the date out forever
12/5/2019 10:55:44 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Dec 5: The December 5 holiday of the year 2019 is perhaps going to be the last holiday being observed to mark the birth Anniversary of NC fonder and staunch opponent of Dogra Rule- Sheikh Abdullah.
Highly placed official sources divulged to Early Times that the government is cancelling the December 5 holiday observed every year as a birth anniversary of NC founder and JK's former Chief Minister Sheikh Abdullah. "Believe me, it is going to be the last holiday of Sheikh Abdullah's birthday. You will not have any such thing in future. There was no fun of keeping the holiday intact in the newly created union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and therefore in the new list of holidays being issued for the next year, we will have probably no holiday on December 5," says an official
It has also been found that the birth date that the NC claims to be of its founder is in actual a wrong entry and the exact date is unknown till date even to the people who claim to have been carrying forward the legacy of NC founder.
Pertinent to mention that noted historian and senior NC leader Mohammad Yusuf Taing revealed much earlier that December 5 is not the actual birth date of National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and that Sheikh was actually born on January 29 and his year of birth was 1903 and not 1905 as mentioned in the official records. Much to the disappointment of the people of the state, the date entry was not changed by the Omar Abdullah led coalition government in the state rather JK continues to have a state wide holiday on December 5 every year- marking the birth anniversary of the NC founder.
Taing has worked as a literary assistant to Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah during the compilation of latter's book Aatsih-e-chinar. He made the revelations three years earlier that he has done an 'extensive' research on the subject and that Sheikh has not mentioned his birth date as December 5 in his autobiography.
"I argued with Sheikh Sahib about this issue and told him that December 5 is not his actual date of birth as per his research. Sheikh Sahib admitted that his elder brother may have registered his wrong birth date and not the actual year of birth," said Taing,
Astonishingly, the government in the past paid no heed to such vital revelations, rather turned blind eye towards guiding people of JK in a right direction.
Experts believe that observing December 5 as a state holiday is in no way justified when Shiekh Mohammad Abdullah himself did not know at what date he was actually born. Though NC leader Mohammad Yosuf Taing has claimed Shikeh was born on January 29, 1903, official records in the state are adamant to mention NC founder's birth date as December 5, 1905- subtracting two years from Sheikh Abdullah's age.
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