The Accession Day of Jammu and Kashmir on 26th October with the Union of India is being celebrated across the Union Territory. Accession Day carries great significance as it was on this day in 1947 that the then Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir, Hari Singh signed the Instrument of Accession to become part of the greatest democracy of the world. Several functions are being organized to mark the day. Accession Day is a public holiday in the Union Territory.
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History of the day:
- The day became an official public holiday in J&K for the first time in 2020 after the abrogation of articles 370 and 35A on 5th August 2019. The Instrument of Accession is a legal document executed by Maharaja Hari Singh, ruler of the princely state of Jammu & Kashmir, on 26th October 1947.
- By executing this document under the provisions of the Indian Independence Act, of 1947, Maharaja Hari Singh agreed to accede to the Dominion of India. Worth to mention, Maharaja Hari Singh, sought the help of the Indian Armed Forces after an invasion from the Army men and tribesmen of Pakistan. The Indian Government extended its help on condition of accession of the state to the Dominion of India.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- Lt. Governors & Administrators of Jammu and Kashmir: Manoj Sinha.