Jammu: The 1982 Asian Games is broadly recognised as marking the emergence of the tv growth in India. Politically, it was additionally one of many elements that made Jagmohan Malhotra, then serving his second time period as Delhi’ Lieutenant Governor.

Jagmohan — he principally glided by one identify — was already a reputation and a face by then. In the mid-1970s, he was a controversial head of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), and between 1975 and 1977, got down to enhance the town’s seems to be underneath the patronage of Sanjay Gandhi. Mostly, this concerned the demolition of slums and the relocation of their residents.

Controversy was a relentless within the lifetime of Jagmohan, who died in Delhi late on May 3. He was twice Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, as soon as for 5 years, and the second time, controversially, for 5 months. He remained as disliked by the state’s mainstream politicians as he was admired by the Kashmiri Pandits, who consider he saved them by serving to their escape from the Valley when calls went out for his or her extermination. Indeed, on Tuesday, tributes poured in from the Jammu area at the same time as mainstream Kashmiri politicians avoided extending condolence messages, if solely on social media.

All three Kashmir-based former chief ministers of the erstwhile state, Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, maintained a stoic silence. Apni Party president Altaf Bukhari and Peoples Conference chairman Sajjad Lone, thought-about near New Delhi, didn’t challenge statements both.

But the J&Ok administration has introduced a three-day mourning from May four to six as a mark of respect to Jagmohan, who joined the BJP after his second, brief stint as J&Ok governor (which got here underneath the VP Singh authorities). It is believed that the federal government’s stand on J&Ok didn’t match his personal; and even the Congress, with which he had been related for a decade-and-half, working intently with Indira, Sanjay and Rajiv Gandhi, didn’t approve of his muscular method .

He was initially within the Rajya Sabha, however received three Lok Sabha elections from the New Delhi constituency as a BJP candidate, in 1996, 1998, and 1999, earlier than shedding to the Congress’s Ajay Maken in 2004. He was city growth minister within the Vajpayee authorities, persevering with together with his efforts to beautify Delhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday condoled the loss of life of Jagmohan, terming it a “monumental loss for the nation”

Ajay Chrungoo, the chief of Panun Kashmir, a frontal organisation of Kashmiri Pandits, mentioned, “At that time, he was the only person who elicited hope among Hindus displaced from Kashmir because of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism. Our plight was recognised as a grave tragedy only when he came to J&K.”

Jagmohan, a deeply religious man, additionally streamlined the administration of the Vaishno Devi shrine. Devender Singh Rana, the provincial president of the National Conference, remembered the previous governor because the architect of the shrine board that facilitated the administration of pilgrimages. Jagmohan arrange the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board in 1986 to free it from the management of some spiritual leaders. It went on to develop into a mannequin for managing temples throughout India.

Board chief govt officer Ramesh Kumar mentioned: “It’s because of his vision that we have these facilities at the shrine today. It’s his legacy.”

He can be broadly acknowledged as the person who introduced highway connectivity to Jammu & Kashmir and ensured piped water provide, till then , a novelty within the state.

Jagmohan, the winner of the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and the Padma Vibhushan, India’s fourth, third, and second highest civilian awards spent a lot o his retirement surrounded by books on the library of Delhi’s India International Centre.

Vijai Kapoor, former LG of Delhi, mentioned he was instrumental in deliberate growth of the Capital. “His two major contributions are large green spaces, including city forests, which Delhi has today and large scale planned development,” he mentioned. “I have worked with him in the early 70s. He was an affectionate and well-meaning person, and was a disciplinarian.”

Maken remembered him as a “fierce administrator” and a “kind soul”.

“We contested against each other. I was from Congress, and he was from the BJP, but there was never any bitterness. That was the kind of person that he was. Since he’d held the urban development portfolio before me, he would always give me insightful advice on how to handle things. He has left a legacy, and politicians these days have a lot to learn from him,” Maken mentioned.

(Inputs from HTC in Delhi)


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