Jammu: The dogras of Jammu, including retired Army top brass and leading citizens are seething with anger and want July 13 to be observed only as a “black day”. They want the Modi Government to abolish the public holiday on July 13, which is observed as the ‘martyrs’ day’ in memory of the people killed on 13 July 1931.
Members of a Whatsapp group, devoted to the Dogra heritage and military heritage of Jammu and Kashmir are in agreement in pointing out: “India perhaps is the only country where holidays are observed in the memory of traitors and the integrationists are treated with contempt.”
This day in 1931, it is being underscored, the Jihadis in Kashmir revolted against the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir, Hari Singh, and killed many innocent Hindus in Kashmir, looted their business establishments and burned down their houses demanding “azadi” from Jammu and today July 13 is officially a holiday.
The Dogras and other natives of Jammu are proud of the legacy of Maharaja Hari Singh, who acceded J&K to India on October 26 1947 as per the constitutional law on the subject. Unfortunately there is no holiday in his memory. In fact, he was forced to die in exile in Bombay and Jawaharlal Nehru was responsible for this, they are pointing out adding on the contrary, Sheikh Abdullah, who hobnobbed with Pakistan and wanted to establish a Switzerland type independent Kashmir and who hated Hindus of Jammu and Buddhists of Ladakh from the core of his heart, is treated like a hero. It is being emphasised that “time has come to expose and defeat the present day Jihadis in Kashmir and their supporters in Delhi and Lutyens media.
Such days should never be allowed to be celebrated by one section against the other in the same State. What about Kshmiriat or pluralism of the KASHMIRIS, a large section of people are asking.
One of the members of the whastapp group has drawn attention to the Pakistani Razakaars and recounted how the sleeping Dogras were butchered on the border so that the Pakistanis could enter the state without any problem. This is a historical fact and can never be forgotten.
Early last year, late Bobby Jamwal had introduced the documentary – “The Saviour of Kashmir” which highlights the “untold story of the British planned invasion of Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan Army personnel disguised as civilians assisting the Tribals called Kabailis/Raiders in 1947”. Bobby wrote on facebook: “Its a one of its kind of battles fought on uneven grounds and how the combine of British and Pakistani attack of over 6000 trained and well armed troops was foiled by a Die-Hard 100 Dogras of the Jammu and Kashmir State Forces under the Brave Brig Rajinder Singh Jamwal, which enabled Maharaja Hari Singh to accede the State of Jammu and Kashmir to India.” It is a gripping story of the gallant Officer who fought to the “Last man-Last Bullet” thus saving Kashmir from the unscruplus British and dishonest Pakistanis.