|SMJ pays poetic tribute to Comrade Dhanwantri|
|‘Son of the soil, still devoid of his due’ |
|EARLY TIMES REPORT|
JAMMU, Mar 7: ‘Legends never die. They remain etched in the memory of generations to come. Comrade Dhanwantri is one among such immortal revolutionary characters of history of Indian freedom struggle. A great son of the soil, he still, continues to inspire millions of those, who believe in human values and freedom.’
This was the assertion of renowned Hindi litterateur, painter and the former Secretary J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) Ramesh Mehta. He was delivering his presidential address at an impressive function organised by Sanskriti Manch Jammu to celebrate 119th birth anniversary of Comrade Dhanwantri here on Sunday.
“Though he has not been given his due yet his inspiring persona and contribution are still strong enough to move and shake our conscience and thought process. This finds resonance in this unique programme cherishing his memories,” he said while congratulating Sanskriti Manch Jammu for its endeavour.
Mehta averred that just installing his statue or naming the university library after him (Dhanwantri) was not enough to keep alive his memory.
Mehta also lauded the poems, supporting the ongoing farmers’ agitation, rendered by prominent Hindi poet Manoj Sharma on this occasion.
Earlier Mehta, joined by SMJ president Abhimanyu Sharma, its founder member and poet Manoj Sharma, secretary-general Sheikh Mohammed Kalyan, prominent writers and scholars present on the occasion, paid floral tributes to the picture of Comrade Dhanwantri.
This was followed by a lively rendition of his poems.
SMJ president Abhimanyu Sharma, in his address, reiterated his commitment to preserve and keep alive the memory of Comrade Dhanwantri.
He also read out letters, which formed part of rare nuggets of history, written by the prominent freedom fighters including Durga Bhabhi and one of the iconic personalities of Hindi cinema Prithvi Raj Kapoor to Comrade Dhanwantri.