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JAMMU: ‘Legends (or legendary figures) never die. They remain etched in the memory of generations to come. Comrade Dhanwantri is one among such immortal revolutionary characters of history of Indian freedom struggle. A great son of the soil, he, still, continues to inspire millions of those, who believe in human values and freedom.’ This was the assertion of renowned Hindi litterateur, painter and the former Secretary J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) Ramesh Mehta. He was delivering his presidential address at a function organised by Jammu Sanskriti Manch Jammu (SMJ) to celebrate 119th Birth Anniversary of Comrade Dhanwantri at Press Club Jammu, here on Sunday.
Mehta averred that just installing his statue or naming the (Jammu) university library after him (Dhanwantri) was not enough to keep alive his memory.
Mehta also lauded the poems, supporting the ongoing farmers’ agitation, rendered by prominent Hindi poet Manoj Sharma on this occasion. Earlier Mehta, joined by SMJ president Abhimanyu Sharma, its founder member and poet Manoj Sharma, secretary Sheikh Mohammed Kalyan, prominent writers and scholars present on the occasion, paid floral tributes to the picture (portrait) of Comrade Dhanwantri.
This was followed by a lively rendition of his poems Dangai, Aansu, Suraj Chadh Raha Hai, Goonj and Jhooth Ne Apne Muhawarey Badal Diye Hain dedicated to the agitating farmers, by Manoj Sharma.
He also read out letters, which formed part of rare nuggets of history, written by the prominent freedom fighters including Durga Bhabhi and one of the iconic personalities of Hindi cinema Prithvi Raj Kapoor to Comrade Dhanwantri.
At the very outset of the function, SMJ secretary Sheikh Mohammed Kalyan, in his welcome address, underlined an exemplary contribution of Comrade Dhanwantri in the framing of (now abrogated) the Constitution of J&K.
“If J&K became the first-ever state (presently Union Territory) in India to implement revolutionary “Land to Tillers” Act, it was also the realization of Comrade Dhanwantri’s dream,” Kalyan said.
Dr Alka Sharma ably conducted the proceedings of the programme.