Tributes paid to Madr-e-Mehrban on 18th death anniversary

JAMMU: National Conference today paid tributes to Madr-e-Mehrban Begum Akbar Jehan on her 18th death anniversary and recalled the most crucial and pioneering role she played during the political movement launched by Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah besides upliftment of women and weaker sections of the society.

At a function held at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here, former minister and State Secretary National Conference, Surjeet Singh Slathia said that Madr-e-Mehrban worked tirelessly all her life to strengthen the bonds of amity and brotherhood between communities and regions. He particularly referred to the role played by Madr-e-Mehrban in bringing about harmony, promoting female literacy, empowering women in different spheres and working towards the betterment of down-trodden segments of society, irrespective of caste, creed and colour.

Slathia also referred her role in generating political awakening at a crucial time when Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah was in prison. "She kept the movement of massive alive and worked tirelessly for mitigating the sufferings of suppressed people of the State", he said and exhorted the people to strive for a strong, united, vibrant, peaceful and prosperous Jammu and Kashmir.

Mushtaq Bukhari said she was an embodiment of sacrifice who shared the pain and agony of the masses.

Sheikh Bashir Ahmed said a strong and stable National Conference was guaranteed to satiate political, economic and developmental aspirations of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, the agenda which has already been set in motion by the grandson of visionary leaders.

Satwant Kour Dogra, Provincial President Women Wing Jammu Province, who organized the function, said the people of J&K will always remain indebted to Madr-e-Meharban for keeping the great mission of Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah alive during his long spell of imprisonment. She described her contribution in promotion of female literacy and empowerment of weaker sections of the society as exemplary and added that her life has been an example of selfless service to poor and needy.

Babu Rampal said, "Madr-e-Meharban stood like a rock against the conspirators of National Conference and infused a new vigour to the movement launched by Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah to seek a dignified life for the people, irrespective of caste, creed, region or religion."

He said that Begum's role in female literacy, empowerment of women, welfare of Gujjar, Bakerwals, SC/ST communities will be remembered for all times to come.

Ajaz Jan Provincial President YNC also threw light on various facets of her life. 

Th. Kashmir Singh Ex- MLC, said, "Madr-e-Meharban has contributed immensely for women empowerment and promoting female literacy in Jammu and Kashmir. He said Begum gave a new dimension to the political movement when Sher-e-Kashmir was in prison and stood like a rock against the conspirators. She infused a new vigour to the movement launched by Sher-e-Kashmir to seek a dignified life for the people, irrespective of caste, creed, region or religion," he added.

Laxami Dutta, Veena Oberia, Daljeet Sharma, Lata Sharma, Pinky Bhat, Kuldeep Kour, Amrit Varsha and Soma Devi also paid tributes, describing her a towering figure of J&K whose services to the people of all the three regions will remain guiding force for the party. "Whenever historians will write on Sher-e-Kashmir, they cannot afford to ignore Madr-e-Meharban, as the persona of the tallest among the towering leaders of the time was incomplete without this great lady", they added.

Earlier, a prayer meeting was held at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan Jammu organized by G.H Malik Joint Secretary.

Commemorative functions to pay homage to Madr-e-Mehrban were also held by District and Block National Conference committees across the Jammu region.

 

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