Maharaja Hari Singh acclaimed as super nationalist Panthers and social groups observe his 118th birthday

118th birth anniversary was observed by Delhi Pradesh National Panthers Party late in the evening on 23rd September, 2013 at Constitution Club, New Delhi. This day was also observed in several parts of India by the Panthers Party in Srinagar, Jammu, Delhi, Tamilnadu, Lucknow, Jaipur and other places.
Several notables from the Panthers Party and civil society in a resolution emphasized that Maharaja Hari Singh’s birthday should be included in the national events as he was the only prince who defied the ship of the colonial British empire and declared in the Round Table Conference in London in 1931 in the presence of the crown of England that, “I am Indian first and then a Maharaja”. It also said that he was the only ruler among the rulers of the world who declared at the time of his coronation in 9th July, 1925 that, “My Religion is Justice”. Maharaja was a great reformer and revolutionary king who in 1929 declared under a decree that all public places including temples and places of worship shall remain open for the depressed classes, what they call Dalits today.
Prof. Bhim Singh expressed anguish that the Maharaja who acceded the entire State of J&K in 1947 to the Union of India was treated with disgust and malice by the Congress and the National Conference leaders. He said he is exiled in 1949 from J&K was a shocking story which cannot be erased from the pages of the history. He said the Maharaja died as the most disappointed person on 26th April, 1961 in Bombay. He accused the J&K ruling leaders who did not even lower the state flag half-mast. Prof. Bhim Singh along with several student leaders including Shri Opinder Khajuria (former General Manager, J&K Bank), Late Karan Dev Singh, Late Raj Kumar Sehgal, Late Prem Singh, Late Brij Raj Singh and several others, lowered the state flag from the Civil Secretariat on 5th May, 1961 in the presence of thousands of Jammuites and students while Yuvraj Karan Singh (Dr. Karan Singh) was immersing Maharaja’s remains in the Tawi river to fulfill the desire of the Dogra King.
Dr. Karan Singh, the Chief Guest on the occasion narrated several historic incidents including Maharaja’s car journey from Srinagar to Jammu on 25th October, 1947. This was necessitated as V.P. Menon had requested the Maharaja to reach Jammu to sign the Instrument of Accession. Dr. Karan Singh said that Maharaja was a great noble and nationalist king whose agenda was welfare of the people of the entire state. Dr. Karan Singh also opined that the civil society and the research scholar should study the period under the governance of Maharaja Hari Singh from 1925 to 1947. This is only way to gather the contributions made by Maharaja Hari Singh for the upliftment and welfare of entire state of J&K.
The meeting was also addressed Rajiv Jolly Khosla, Working President, B.S. Sajan, National Secretary, Romesh Khajuria, R.P. Sharma, Kali Ram Tomar, Leader of Bhartiya Samata Samaj, Shushil Khanna, Convenor, Bhim Brigade.