JAMMU, Oct 26: The Accession Day-26th October, 2010 was a different experience for Jammu people as the day was celebrated as a national festival this year.
People were wonderstruck to witness the celebrations like of a Republic or Independence Day as Jammu wore a festive look and the tri-colour was hoisted at almost all Chowks and Rotaries.
Celebrated in the back drop of the controversial remarks of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, the political and social organisations organised various programmes to celebrate the accession to give a befitting reply to the secessionists and all others who challenge or under mine the accession of the state with India.
In this connection, Panun Kashmir celebrated the occasion in a unique way by organising a colourful function at the Dogra Chowk. Amidst chanting of “Vande Matram” and “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”, and waving of the tri-colour in their hands, the
national tri-colour was hoisted and flowers showered to the tri-colour followed by singing the National Anthem. Those present on the occasion included PK Chairman Dr. Ajay Chrungoo, ASKPC President Sh ON Trisal, PK member Advisory Prof. ML Koul, Convenor Prakash Prof. BL Fotedar and Smt. Sheela Handoo ex-corporator. The activists distributed sweets among the passers by and educated them about the significance of the day.
Today we are celebrating the accession of Jammu and Kashmir with India which took place on this day, October 26, in the Year 1947.
We are celebrating it because the signing of the Instrument of accession by Maharaja Hari Singh made us an indivisible part of India to which we always belonged.
We are celebrating accession day because accession restored the continuity of Jammu and Kashmir with the civilization of India which the colonial powers and religious marauders tried to disrupt and break.
We are celebrating because accession of our State to India destroyed the possibility of our becoming part of Pakistan created on a vision which was bereft of principles of human equality and coexistence.
We are celebrating because on this day, all of us along with the entire people of India and its security forces, stood up and fought the invasion of Pakistan, and created victory out of an impending defeat.
We are celebrating because accession created the possibility of our real empowerment and paved the way for all freedoms that mankind should have to flow into our State.
We are celebrating today to pay our homage to all those heroes who fought the invaders from Pakistan and sacrificed their lives in the endeavour.
We are celebrating today the bravery and sacrifice of Brig. Rajinder Singh and the forces he commanded, who fought to the last man only to see us alive and free.
We are celebrating because accession of the state to India put a halt to the genocide of Hindus unleashed by the Pakistani invaders in 1947 in Kashmir, Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Rajouri and Poonch.
We are celebrating because we are filled with the spirit of responsibility not to allow our freedom to be destroyed in the name of religion, caste or creed.
We are celebrating to declare that we understand all the machinations to destroy our freedom and we have the ultimate resolve to defeat them.
We are celebrating to proclaim that accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India is final, irrevocable and indisputable.