The Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Fighters Association (JKFFA) on Friday paid floral tributes to the former Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri on his 53rd death anniversary at a function held at Dogra Shourya Samarak, Amphalla. The function was organised by its Chairman of the Association, Ved Gandotra and Vice Chairman Rajiv Mahajan where former JMC Commissioner Kiran Wattal graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.
Speaking on the occasion, Kiran Wattal termed former Prime Minister an iron man who gave be-fitting reply to the military aggression of Pakistan in 1965. He asked the citizens of India to rise like Lal Bahadur Shastri and other freedom fighters and work for all over betterment of the masses and strengthen the nation. The young generation should also follow the path of sacrifice and patriotism shown by the freedom fighters and martyrs, he advised. He was a stalwart who lived for others and to make our world a better place. His integrity, wartime leadership and role in the shaping of the Green Revolution remains an inspiration for the entire country,” Wattal said. He said among the major tasks before us, none is of greater importance for our strength and stability than the task of building up the unity and solidarity of our people.
Rajiv Mahajan paying his tributes to late Prime Minister said that Lal Bahadur Shastri Ji epitomised strength and simplicity.
He led India at a crucial time and worked hard to make our nation more prosperous. Former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, who understood the significance of farmers and soldiers, shares his birth anniversary with the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi. Drawing inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi, Shastri coined the term ‘jai jawan jai kisan’. He plunged into the freedom struggle while he was in his teens,Mahajan added. Let us rededicate ourselves to the values espoused by Shastri Ji – peace, fraternity, harmony and inclusive national development. Shastriji’s message remains relevant for all and he continues to be our guiding light,” Mahajan maintained.
His slogan of ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ which means ‘Hail the soldier, Hail the farmer’, became a clarion call and is still remembered.
Mahajan called his leadership courageous. His impeccable service and courageous leadership will be remembered for generations to come.”
Prominent were present on the occasion R.C Puri President, Th. Karnail Chand General Secretary, Tej Ram Dogra Sr. Vice President, Pritam Sharma, Sr. Rajinder Singh, Sr. Gajan Singh Khalsa, J.J Singh, Brij Mehra, Kamal Sharma Vice Presidents, Sr. Sukhminder Singh Maini Finance Secretary and others.