The grandsons of Maharaja Hari Singh, the former ruler of Jammu and Kashmir today sought inclusion of history of Dogra Rule in the syllabus of Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education (BOSE).
Soon after beginning of Question Hour, BJP MLC and grandson of the Maharaja, Ajatshatru Singh raised questions over "neglecting" of Dogra History in textbooks published by state's school education board.
"The Dogra Rule lasted for 100 years in Jammu and Kashmir and is considered as Golden Period. Is it a fact that History of Dogra rule has not been included in the textbooks of JKBOSE?," the MLC asked.
Replying to member, Minister for Education Naeem Akther said, "there are no specific chapters on Dogra Rule in text books but syllabus includes reference of Dogra rule in the History books and also in Dogri text books of different classes."
Seconding the younger brother, MLC from PDP, and grandson of Maharaja Hari Singh, Vikramaditya Singh said, "Government should consider this issue as priority matter and start the restructuring syllabus of history by including reforms brought by Dogra rulers".
"Government should give due reorganization to Dogra rulers who brought several reforms in different filed across the state. "The new textbooks should have all details about Mahajara Gulab Singh, Ranbir Singh, agriculture and tax reforms by Dogra Rulers," he said.
"A book is not sufficient to compile the reforms by Maharaja Hari Singh. Dogra rulers gave us identity, Ranbir Penal Code, world class education system, agriculture reforms, they runs train from Jammu via Sailkot," he said, "This developments needed to highlight properly".
"Our youngsters should have knowledge about the history of Dogra's and cultural of Jammu and Kashmir," he maintained. In the meantime, BJP MLC Ramesh Arora point out that all the member of committee constituted by the government to compile syllabus of BOSE are from Kashmir, "hence representation of Dogra Heritage and Culture of Ladakh niot get due space in textbooks."