Former Chief Secretary, BR Kundal, is Dharmarth Trust Boss

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Former Chief Secretary, B R Kundal, has been elected first Dalit president of the Dharmath Trust.

The trust is run by Dr Karan Singh, who is son of former J&K autocrat, Maharaja Hari Singh.

In 1929, a statement issued here said, Singh had declared that all temples in Jammu and Kashmir were open for Harijans/Dalits.

“Kundal has been appointed for the current year in place of Maj Gen (Retd) R S Jamwal, who sought to be relieved of his duties which he fulfilled meritoriously for four years,” a statement issued by G D Sharma, Joint Secretary, Dharmarth Trust Council, said.

The Dharmarth Trust manages over a hundred temples and shrines in J&K and one each in Himachal Pradesh and Haridwar. The trust was created by Maharaja Gulab Singh in the mid-19th century after he bought Kahsmir and its people for 70 Lakh Nanakshahi.

Besides others, it manages such historic temples as the Sri Raghunath Temple complex and Sri Ranbireshwar temple in Jammu and the Sri Shankaracharva Mata Khir Bhawani temples in Kashmir.

Dr Karan Singh is Chairman Trustee while Vikramaditya Singh and Ajatshatru Singh are the Trustees. The five member Dharrnarth Council consists of eminent citizens drawn from various walks of life.

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