Lt Col Ajat Shatroo Jamwal (Retd)‘Leaders are not born or made but they are self made’, and Pt Prem Nath Dogra, or Panditji as he was addressed with affection, is a perfect example of the same. His life journey is a source of inspiration for the youth today and his belief in the ideology of nationalism still reverberates in the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir. He was an iconic figure in the political history of Jammu & Kashmir whose acceptability among the masses was unquestionable and his sacrifice and image as an honest man while he touched the glory of being the most renowned personality, is rarely found in present scenario of political sphere.Family background and early life: Pt Prem Nath Dogra was born on 24th Oct 1884, at Smailpur village in Jammu. His father, Anant Ram was a high ranking official in the state during the region of Maharaja Ranbir Singhji. Panditji’s childhood was filled with struggles as he lost his mother passed away at the tender age of 9 months and he was given the affection of mother’s love by his maternal grandmother, thereafter he lost his maternal grandmother when he was 9 years old and later his upbringing was done by his father. Pandit ji’s schooling was done from Pir Mitta School Lahore and he graduated from Foreman Christian College Lahore in the year 1908 with B A degree. During his school and college life, he was a very good athlete and remained captain of his college football team.An Astute Administrator: Panditji starting his career as an able administrator when he was appointed as Tehsildar Akhnoor in 1909. He served at various positions to include Settlement Officer Udhampur, Munsif 1st Class in Jammu , Samba and R S Pura, served as Secretary to Governor of Kashmir in 1914, Wazir Wazarat Mirpur in 1916,Wazir Wazarat Bhaderwah in 1916 with Powers of Session Judge. One of the most eventful year was 1930, when Panditji was Wazir Wazarat Muzzaffrabad. It was the time when Sheikh Abdullah was leading the agitation against Maharaja Hari Singh and it led to spread of violence across J&K but in Muzzaffrabad not even a single shot was fired and no incident of violence reported.
A Social Reformer: Pt Prem Nath Dogra launched a campaign against untouchability which was plaguing the society of Jammu & Kashmir, his work in the rural areas of Jammu cannot be forgotten where once he brought Harijans and upper caste communities together to fetch water from the same well , as hitherto fore it was never followed in the society. He severed the society by heading various community organisations like Sanatan Dharam Sabha, Bharamin Mukhya Mandal and Dogra Sadar Sabha. Pandit ji was instrumental in establishing the first Shakha of RSS in June 1940 at Dewan Mandir Jammu to ignite the minds towards patriotism and cultural fevour amongst the Hindu polity. He remained as Vibhag Sangchalak from 1942 to 1945. It was due to his large stature in society and his contributions to J&K that Panditji was nominated as a member to Legislative Assembly (Praja Sabha) twice in 1936 & 1942.Political Career and Recognition as a National Leader.During his tenures as member Praja Sabha in pre- independence era Panditji was the one of the first ones to oppose Galancy Commision report which advocated major structural changes in the civil services and recommended it to be regional-based than a merit-based one. Post accession of Jammu &Kashmir to India, Panditji was fully convinced with other leaders of nation like Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee that Article 370 is a hindrance for real amalgamation of Jammu & Kashmir with India. Pandit ji joined Praja Parishad soon after its formation in Nov 1947 and this proved to be a crucible transformation for him. His vision and political mind was appreciated by the society. Panditji was made political prisoner many a times but he never compromised on his ideology and always stoodfirm on his ground.After the martyrdom of Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee in 1953, Panditji kept on working as a Nationalist and he was made all India President of Bhartiya Jan Sangh for 1955-56 and later he merged Praja Parishad with Bhartiya Jan Sangh in 1964. He remained President of the state unit of Bhartiya Jan Sangh till 1967. Panditji opposed the Agrarian Laws framed by the Sheikh regime as he considered it to be biased and a politically motivated law, more over the supreme court of India had no jurisdiction over such a law. He was elected representative in the state Legislative Assembly for three terms viz 1957, 1962 and 1967. His leadership acumen was again proved when Sheikh Abdul Rehman was made the party candidate from his own constituency and he ensured his success in a Hindu majority seat, which will dispel many superfluous thoughts about Panditji as a Hindu leader only.After a life filled with struggles and carvings, for Panditji left for heavenly abode on 21 March 1972. Even his dying moments were to be emulated for leaders to come that he donated his own house in Jammu city to the party and till recent past it use be head quarters of BJP.
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