Says Gandhi ji held in high esteem among Kashmiris
JAMMU: Paying glowing tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, on his 65thmartyrdom, the Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs today described the Mahatma as a friend of Kashmiris who espoused their cause against that time monarchical rule in the state.
Speaking at a function organized by the Gandhi Global Family at Cuttack, Odhisa, in connection with the 65th martyrdom of Gandhi Ji also called as father of nation, Mr. Rather said that Kashmir freedom movement was also founded on Gandhian philosophy as the front line Kashmir movement leaders, especially Sher-i-Kashmir , Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, were highly influenced by Gandhi Jis principle of non-violence.
He said it was the influence of these principles of Gandhi Ji that Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah launched the Quit Kashmir movement in the year 1946 which was also based on the philosophy of non-violence akin to Quit India Movement.
Besides a large number of people, the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister Mr. Shrikant Jina, Prominent local politicians, Members of Parliament (MPs), Mr. Jagdesh Titler, State President Gandhi Global Family, Mr. S. P. Verma were also present on the occasion.
Rather, who mainly dwelt on the relationship of Mahatma Gandhi with Kashmir, its people, its politics and its politicians, said that people of Kashmir held Gandhi ji in high esteem because he was deadly against communal forces and violence adding that he throughout his life offered a strong resistance against the communal forces so much so that bullets he himself fell to their bullets on June 13, 1948.
Rather said that Gandhi Ji was vociferously against oppression on Kashmiris and he himself came to Kashmir, via Rawalpandi on August 1st, 1947, to support the Quit Kashmir Movement saying that Kashmir belongs to Kashmiris and they have every right to decide about their future. In Srinagar, Gandhi ji told to the press that it is Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah who rules on the hearts of Kashmiris for his work towards peace and communal harmony and asked the Maharaja of Kashmir that the people of Kashmir do not like your Prime Minister, Prem Chand Kak. He also advocated for scraping of the Amritsar treaty, under which British rulers had sold Kashmir to Maharaja Ghulab Singh through a sale deed and demanded scarping of the treaty. Mr. Rather said during his one day stay in Srinagar, Gandhi Ji went to meet the family members of Sher-i-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, who was at that time imprisoned in Bhadewah jail and consoled his children and Madere Meherban. It was only after a week that the Maharaja dismissed Ram Chand Kak from the Prime Ministership of the State.
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