|Early Times Report
JAMMU, Sept 23: In a heartfelt tribute to the memory of Maharaja Hari Singh, the last Dogra ruler of Jammu and Kashmir, Shiv Sena (UBT) Jammu and Kashmir Unit commemorated his 128th birth anniversary in a dignified ceremony held at the Party's Regional Office in Jammu.
The event, attended by party members, including Manish Sahni, President of Shiv Sena, Jammu and Kashmir, aimed to pay homage to the great Maharaja Hari Singh, recognizing his pivotal role in integrating Jammu and Kashmir as an inseparable part of India.
In his address, Manish Sahni emphasized that Maharaja Hari Singh was not only a visionary leader but also a social reformer of great significance. Under his benevolent rule, primary education was made mandatory and free for all, ensuring that every child had access to learning. Additionally, Maharaja Hari Singh took historic steps by opening the doors of temples to the Dalits, breaking down social barriers that had persisted for generations.
The Maharaja also enacted stringent laws against various social evils such as child marriage, remarriage of Hindu widows, dowry, female foeticide, untouchability, and bonded labor. His commitment to social justice and progress led to the implementation of a fair land revenue system, promoting economic equity among the people of the region.
Manish Sahni described Maharaja Hari Singh's reign as an era of social reform, highlighting his relentless efforts to eliminate deeply entrenched societal problems. This commemoration serves as a reminder of his enduring legacy and the positive impact he had on the lives of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Among the prominent attendees were General Secretary Vikas Bakshi, Vice President Sanjeev Kohli, and Youth Secretary Rajesh Handa, who joined in paying their respects to this iconic leader and social reformer.
The event signifies the importance of remembering and celebrating leaders like Maharaja Hari Singh, who dedicated their lives to the betterment of society and the welfare of their people, leaving an indelible mark in history.