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JAMMU: MLA Nagrota and National Conference Provincial President Devender Singh Rana on Sunday stressed the crucial need of promoting rich Dogra culture and heritage, saying these symbolise the spirit of love, compassion and inclusiveness.
“We are inheritors of a glorious ethos, bequeathed by warriors like Mian Dido, who showed by their actions and deeds their love for humanity during most difficult times”, Rana said while paying tributes to the great Dogra warrior on Balidan Diwas of Mian Dido here this afternoon.
MLC Ashok Khajuria, former MLC Trilochan Singh Wazir, Retired Session Judge Udhey Veer Singh, Chairman Team Jammu Zorawar Singh and President Mian Dido Welfare Committee, Sumant Singh Jamwal were among the hundreds who paid homage to the Dogra iconic hero at his memorial at Amphalla.
“Mian Dido fought for the cause of millions, irrespective of cast, creed and colour and the best way of remembering the warrior is to imbibe the spirit of his inclusiveness among younger generation”, Rana said and dwelt upon the life and struggle of Mian Dido. He said reverence for Mian Dido is still echoing in the folk songs sung in his remembrance by the indebted people.
He said the land of warriors will never compromise with the identity and dignity for which Mian Dido waged a relentless war over two centuries ago.
“This day also reminds us of great Jammu heroes, who have struggled in their own way to carve out a place of honour for the selfless people of Jammu”, Rana said, urging the intelligentsia and opinion leaders to come forward and generate awareness about the towering spiritual figures like Mian Dido, who strived all his life for strengthening the bonds of communal amity and brotherhood.
Rana said that Mian Dido has left an indelible imprint of his selfless service towards the society and his life will continue to serve as a guiding philosophy to coming generations.
“Let’s pledge to work for retaining the character of the Duggarland, as per the vision of heroes like Mian Dido by further strengthening the spirit of accommodation, coexistence and tolerance.
Paying tributes, MLC and senior BJP leader Ashok Khajuria said the life of Mian Dido has been full of selfless service and sacrifice that remains the high point of Jammu ethos even now.
Khajuria said that Jammu has been abode of warriors and great social workers who have immensely contributed in protecting the dignity and honour of the people and forging bonds of amity between various segments of society. He called upon people to work for strengthening the spirit of unity and amity, saying unity in diversity as a very strong point of the great land of warriors.
On the occasion, MLA Devender Singh Rana and MLC Ashok Khajuria announced Rs 10 lakh each out of their Constituency Development Fund for construction of a Community Centre. Khajuria also announced another Rs 10 lakhs for development of Mian Dido Memoria at Amphalla Chowk in Jammu.
After paying tributes to Mian Dido, the President of Mian Dido Welfare Committee Sumant Singh recalled with gratitude the efforts of late Thakur Gouri Singh and late Balraj Puri in getting the memorial of the great Dogra warrior established at Mian Dido Chowk, Amphalla during the tenure of Dr Farooq Abdullah as Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included Balbir Singh, Thanater Singh, Rakesh Singh, Pradeep Singh, Kaku Singh, Jatinder Singh, Dilawar Singh, Uttam Singh, Devender Singh, Rahul Dev Singh, Surat Singh, Rajinder Singh and Mangal Singh.
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