Proud pahari & able leader


Fondly remembered as the architect of Himachal for his feat in earning Himachal full statehood on January 25, 1971, Dr Yashwant Singh Parmar was a personality to reckon with. Born on August 4, 1906 at Chanhalag village near Bagthan in the former State of Sirmour, the state celebrated his hundredth birth anniversary on Friday.

Born to Bhandari Shivanand, an Urdu and Persian scholar of his time, Parmar obtained his early education from Nahan High School. This was considered a prestigious institute of the area. Since there was no college in the vicinity he was sent to Lahore's famous Christian College for Men. He got his Ph.D. degree from Lucknow University in 1944 and went on to become a magistrate. He rose to become the first Chief Minister of Himachal in 1952.
"It was his simplicity that has won him the appreciation of the people. It is difficult to believe that a Chief Minister could walk miles together with his officials to meet people of his region" recalls Thakur Tulsi Ram of village Nohradhar who had remained his close aide. The absence of electricity in the region led him to walk with hand held torches to meet people even in the remotest villages recall old timers.
His untiring efforts won Himachal the status of being declared the eighteenth state of the Union of India on 25th January, 1971. He played a key role in carving out a separate State out of the 31-odd princely hill states. He was also a member of the prestigious Constituent Assembly. It was only Dr. Parmar's prestige in the estimation of Prime Minister that fetched this status to Himachal.
Hailing from a remote village which neither had any educational institute nor had road connectivity he realized the importance of both. It was his vision that laid the foundation of connecting the entire state with an effective road network. "It is a pity that his native village Chanhalag is yet unconnected. The Solan-Minas road which was supposed to be laid during the last tenure of the present Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is yet to be completed." rues a villager.
Realizing the significance of education in the uplift of the rural masses his pioneering efforts led to the opening of a number of educational institutes in the state. Himachal was among the most backward states at the time of its constitution. Dr Parmar endeavoured to raise the socio-economic status of the people. This he accomplished by tapping the bountiful natural resources. Gauging the hydel power potential of the state he laid the foundation of harnessing it at a large scale. He said, "The numerous rivers of Himachal were mines filled with gold which if harnessed could fetch good returns."
Forestry and environmental conservation attracted him in particular and he founded the Himalayan Forest Farming and Environmental Conservation Society. He also introduced the three-dimensional forest policy to meet the needs of timber, fuel and wood in the state. It was due to his love for horticulture that apple cultivation has made such phenomenal progress in Himachal Pradesh.
Leading a simple life Dr Parmar had a great love for the tradition- rich culture of Himachal. His ardently followed the traditions and was proud of being a Pahari. He preferred Pahari food and emulated the traditional culture. Encouraging people to work hard he said, "Pahari people have to be hard workers only then can we achieve prosperity."


Comments

Author: kamal22 May 2012 Member Level: Silver   Points : 1

Hi,Himachal is an emerging state of India.Hardly there is any field in which himachal is not involved.Himachal got many prizes of honour in many field.we are proud to be himachal.This is our duty to maintain this prestige of state.



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