Floral tributes paid to S. Ajit Singh at Dalhousie



Dalhousie: The serene and calm surroundings of Panch Pulla, a place of tourist interest near Dalhousie,  reverberated with the spirit  of National integration. It was the day to pay homage to Sardar Ajit Singh, a great freedom fighter who also happened to be the paternal uncle of S. Bhagat Singh.

Kalakaar Evam Lekhak Manch, which is popularly known as KALAM, organizes this function every year on the 14th of August to pay floral tributes to Sardar Ajit Singh, who breathed his last on the 15th Aug 1947, here at Dalhousie. He was cremated at this place, where a beautiful Samadhi has been erected. Only a few months back a life-size statue of S. Ajit Singh was installed at this place. The statue was donated by Dr. Dhillon and sculpted by Ravi Gurang.

The following lines of a famous poet would aptly describe this function of KALAM:

Shaheedon ki chitaon par lagenge har baras mele, Watan pe mitne walon ka yahi baaki nishan hoga…

Suvir Ahuja, President, Dalhousie Hilltop School, was the chief guest on this occasion. Air Cmdr. A.K. Mahajan (retd.) Chairman of Kalam addressed the gathering which consisted of eminent personalities of the town like Dr. G.S. Dhillon, Director cum Principal D.P.S.; Mannoj Chadha, President, Municipal Council; Shubkaran Singh, SDM Dalhousie; Sr. Lucy Emanuel, Principal Sacred Heart School; Lt. Col. Sondhi, to name a few.

KALAM was established in the year 2002 under the aegis of Late Dr. Prem Bhardwaj, who was serving as SDM Dalhousie at that time. The main objective of this foundation is to give a platform to writers, poets and artists of the area. The Samadhi of Sardar Ajit Singh at Panchpulla has been chosen as a place of worship by this foundation. Baldev Mohan Khosla, while talking to HimVani said that they have chosen 14th August as a day to pay their homage to such a great freedom fighter as it was till 14th of August, 1947 that the country was undivided. Also, it was the last day of the life of S. Ajit Singh, who was ready to accept the freedom of the country, but not the Partition.

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