Gandhian’s last wish unfulfilled

Staff Reporter

Jammu: The last wish of a 100-year-old Gandhian, Sant Singh Tegh, to visit his native place across the Line of Control could not come true.

Mr. Tegh was born on April 13,1907 at Hattian in Muzaffarabad district, now in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. He died a week ago.

In one of his last interviews, Mr. Tegh had urged the Pakistan government to allow him to visit his birthplace, which he left 60 years ago during the Partition.

However, he fell from horseback in the Bhaderwah area of Doda district, where he was on a public tour, a few days back. He died later of the injuries suffered.

Mr. Tegh had personally received the country’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru when he came to the State in 1946 through the Kohala route. He was deputed by Lion of Kashmir, Sheikh Abd ullah, to receive Nehru.

Nehru came in his capacity as a lawyer to defend his friend Sheikh Abdullah, who was under arrest for demanding transition from monarchy to democracy. Nehru was asked to turn back by the Maharaja’s troops.

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