Prof Bhim Singh demands Oct 27 be declared as national holiday

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Jammu, Oct 25 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) today demanded October 27, the day on which the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir became integral part of the country, be given its due place in the history of our country.

''It is a historical day, 60 years back, when the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir became integral part of Indian Union after Maharaja Hari Singh signed the instrument of accession.

It should be celebrated like any other national day,'' JKNPP chairman Bhim Singh said.

Announcing the names of this year's Dogra Rattan Awardees at a press conference, Prof Singh regretted the way ''rich Dogra history'' of the state was kept out of sight.

''It is a matter of concern that this historical day could not find place in school curriculum in the state,'' the JKNPP leader said.

Prof Singh, however, questioned that how the upcoming generation would know about the history of the state and its legitimate accession (in Indian Union), if not told about.

October 27, he said, should be declared a state holiday.

''Cultural programmes should be organised in the entire state so that people will come to know about the rich history of Jammu and Kashmir'' Prof Singh added.

It was on October 27, 1947 that the Indian troops landed in Kashmir for the first time to push back Pakistani raiders, who had already advanced to take control of Srinagar.

However, the day is being celebrated as Infantry Day, to pay tributes to the warriors, including civilians like Maqbool Sheerwani, who laid down their lives to save Kashmir.

UNI

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