Govt to take over ancestral house of Pahari Gandhi: Virbhadra

Govt to take over ancestral house of Pahari Gandhi: Virbhadra



Shimla: Himachal Pradesh government has decided to take over the custody of ancestral house of freedom fighter Baba Kanshi Ram, popularly known as Pahari Gandhi and convert it into a heritage monument. While revealing this here today, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said that the Pahari Gandhi, was a great admirer of Mahatma Gandhi and a freedom fighter from Padhyaal near Dadasiba in Dehra Sub-division of district Kangra. Through his poetry and songs in Pahari language, Kanshi Ram spread Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy about way of life. After the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Kanshi Ram vowed to wear black clothes till India gets independence. He was arrested as many as 11 times for spreading patriotic messages through Pahari poems and verses against British Raj and almost spent nine years of his life in different jails. In the year 1984, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi also released a postal stamp in name of Baba Kanshi Ram On his 135th Birth anniversary which is on 11th July, the state government has decided to take over his house, preserve it and also to erect a memorial in his memory, stated the Chief Minister.

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