BRIEF HISTORY OF JHELUM AROR-VANSH SABHA (REGD.)
It is a matter of pleasure that as a result of our efforts spread over a number of years, this History of the Sabha is in your hands.
This is the history of those Aror-Vanshi families who had their hearths and homes before partition of the sub-continent in the well-known town of Haranpur of Tehsil Pind Dadan Khan of District Jhelum and villages of Pindi Said Pur, Chakjani, Baganwala, Jalalpur Kiknan, Sagharpur, Abdullahpur, Sherpur, Jagta, Khurd, Chutala etc. A few Aror-Vanshi families had also settled in Tehsil Chakwal, Rawalpindi, Jhelum, Sailkot, Mandi Baha-ud-din, Malakwal, Mona Depot, Lahore and Delhi.
All these Aror-Vanshi families gathered together for their family and social functions at their places of origin. They shared their happiness and sorrow. Mutual respect, affection, confidence and love were their basic traits. They meticulously observed their social norms.
When the unfortunate division of the Indian Sub-continent took place in the year 1947, these Aror-Vanshi families preferred to preserve their religious and social tenets and sacrificed their hearths and homes, comforts and riches and their firms and farms. For safeguarding their religious beliefs, they migrated to India and a large number of these families settled in Delhi.
These Aror-Vanshi families were motivated to get re-united and a few enthusiasts took upon themselves the task of re-uniting these families. A few well-known personalities, who took initiative in this direction were Shri Megh Raj Shah Saluja, Shri Ramji Dass Ajmani and Rai Saheb Deep Chand Ajmani. In a short period, these gentlemen gave a definite shape to this organisation. Under this organisational set up, meetings of the Executive Committee were held every month.They used to be convened four general meetings every year.
Sarvashri Chanan Lal Saluja of National and Grindlays Bank, Shri Chanan Lal Saluja of Ramesh Nagar, Shri Buta Ram Saluja of Bali Nagar, Shri Hans Raj Ajmani, Shri Sunder. Singh and Shri Vishwamitter Wadhwa later on joined the Executive Committee of the Sabha in order to give a fillip to the work of the Sabha.
In the year 1951, the Sabha purchased its own sets of utensils, Durries etc. the use of its members and others on various functions. The constitution of theSabha was drafted. In this drafting work, Shri Vishwa Mitter Wadhwa extended his whole-hearted co-operation.
In the year 1952, the Sabha commenced its programme of rendering financial assistance to the needy membe.rs of the society.
During 1953, the Sewa Dal of the Sabha was organised to assist the members and others on various occasions of social, religious and cultural importance. The Sabha became a mature organisation and took its place in the comity of socio-cultural organisations.
Many members rendered valuable services for promoting the cause and objects of the Sabha. Among them notable were Shri Daulat Ram Gambhir, ShriBodh Raj Ajmani, Shri Dilbagh Rai Saluja, Shri Amar Nath Ajmani and Shri Mela Ram Wadhwa.
Besides his services to the Sabha, Shri Dilbagh Rai Saluja took keen interest in the social work of the entire Delhi Pradesh. He had arranged many a camps at the banks of Yamuna during his tenure as Secretary of the Sabha. He had arranged for the registration of the Sabha.
The Sabha had been consistently endeavouring to arrange for the settlement of the Aror-Vanshi families in Delhi in one area. It could achieve a notable success in this direction. The concentration of Aror-Vanshi families in Kirti Nagar, Ramesh Nagar, Raja Garden, Rajouri Garden, Subhash Nagar, Ashok Nagar and Tilak Nagar today bears eloquent testimony to the achievement of this goal by the Sabha.
Shri Ram Lal Chhabra had formed a house-building cooperative society in order to give the said goal of the Sabha a magnificent shape.
In the year 1963, the Executive Committee of the Sabha was seized of the subject of the Sabha having its own Bhawan. The Executive Committee resolved to achieve this goal soon. Shri Chanan Lal Saluja had just commenced this project by accepting contribution of his associate Shri Kasturi Lal Ajmani, after which he left for his heavenly abode. The Sabha was deprived of the services of Sh. Chanan Lal Saluja the most dedicated worker. It goes without saying that the process of unification, which our revered elders had commenced, was given a great fillip by this promising worker.TheSabha feels greatly indebted to all the sincere workers.
Sunday the 3rd November, 1963, is a day of great significance in the history of the Sabha. On this day, a meeting of the Executive Committee was held at the residence of Shri Ram Lal Chhabra which was presided over by Shri Kasturi Lal Ajmani, to discuss the subject of Sabha's own Bhawan. The meeting was attended by Shri Hans Raj Ajmani, Shri Ram Lal Chhabra, Shri Roshan Lal Juneja, Shri Darshan Lal Chhabra and Shri lshwar Das Ajmani. Prayer for the immediate construction of the Sabha Bhawan were offered. The members prayed that may God Almighty bless them with the will and determination to accomplish this noble task. The members took a vow to contribute their mite towards this social cause.
Each member gave financial and other help in the acquisition of land and construction of the Sabha Bhawan. This proves their sincerity of purpose and generosity for a social cause.
The construction work proceeded in a planned manner. One of the rooms at the ground floor was got constructed by Shri Inder Sain Ajmani, Shri Dharam Vir Ajmani and Shri Yoginder Nath Ajmani in memory of their revered father, late Shri Ramj iDass Ajmani. Another room on the ground floor was got constructed by Shri Nand Lal Jokhani in memory of his revered father, late Shri Ram Chand Jokhani.
The hall on the first floor was got constructed by Shri Dharam Vir Gambhir, Shri Surinder Kumar Gambhir and Shri Subhash Chander Gambhir, sons of late Shri Daulat Ram Gambhir, in memory of their revered mother, late Smt. Maya Devi. One room on the first floor was got constructed by Shri Satya Pal Gomber son of Shri Vishan Das Gomber and the second room on the first floor was got constructed by Shri Nand La lMakkar in memory of his wife, Late Smt. Shanti Devi.
The fund collection drive for the Sabha Bhawan was carried out by Shri Hans Raj Ajmani, Shri lshwar Das Ajmani, Shri Mangal Sain Ajmani, Shri Roshan Lal Juneja, Shr iDarshan Lal Chhabra and other members at the cost of their valuable time and convenience. The situations of fund shortage were tided over by the timely assistance of Shri Channan Lal Saluja. The Sabha owes its gratitude to Shri Ram Lal Chhabra, who has been mainly instrumental in the work of Sabha Bhawan construction. His services shall remain engraved in the golden letters.
Shri Daulat Ram Gambhir, Shri Shadi Lal Saluja, Shri Mangal Sain Ajmani, Shri Malik Ram Ajmani, ShriKirpa Ram Saluja, Shri Darshan Lal Chhabra, Shri Roshan Lal Juneja, Shri Des Raj Chhabra, Shri Hans Raj Ajmani, ShriSatya Pal Gomber, Shri lshwar Dass Ajmani, Shri Tirlok Chand Saluja, Shri Vikramjit Ajmaniand Shri Nand Lal Makkar Extended their patronage in the activities of the Sabha.
Shri Malik Ram Saluja, Shri Ved Parkash Wadhwa, Shri Satya Pal Ajmani, Shri Ravinder Kumar Ajmani, Shri Ved Parkash Ajmani, Shri Darshan Lal Ajmani, Shri Malak Ram Ajmani and other members rendered their valuable assistance in the preparation and publication of the 1982 edition Directory of Members of the Sabha.Their hard and sincere efforts in the said assignment are commendable.
A distinctive feature of the Sabha is that its members vie with one another in working for the Sabha without caring in the least for its offices whereas in other similar institutions the elections to various offices generate an atmosphere of bitterness and acrimony. The members show love, affection and respect for one another. It reminds one of the affection and regard of Ram and Bharat.
The most timely and significant services of late ShriChananLalJiSaluja, Late Shri lshwar Dass Ji Ajmani, Late Shri Hans Raj Ji Ajmani, Late Shri Dil Bagh RaiJi Saluja, Late Shri Roshan Lal Ji Juneja, Late Shri Darshan Lal Ji Chhabra, Late Shri Hans Raj Ji Dung, Late Shri Nand Lal Ji Jokhani, Late Shri Bodhraj Ji Ajmani, Late Shri Ram Lal Ji Chhabra, Late Sh. Ashwani Kumar Ajmani, Late Shri Subhash Saluja, Late Shri Kasturi Lal Ji Ajmani and Late Shri Des Raj Ji Chhabra to the Sabha in its various activities shall be remembered in the history of this great organisation.
For the past many years Shri Mangal Sain Ajmani, Shri Tilak Raj Ji Gambhir, Shri Satpal Gomber, Shri Malik Ram Ajmani, Dr. Ashok Kumar Saluja, Shri Dalip Kumar Saluja, ShriSushil Kumar Ajmani, Shri Jagdish Chander Ajmani, Shri Jagdish Lal Gombar, Shri Satya Pal Ajmani, Shri Satish Chander Juneja, Shri Rajesh Kumar Ajmani, Shri Ved Parkash Ajmani and other members have been extending their fullest co-operation in the work of the Sabha.The Sabha is indebted to all of them.
We pary to the God Almighty to continue showering his blessing on all those who busy themselves in advancing the noble objects of the Sabha.
JHELUM AROR-VANSH SABHA (REGD.)