The Punjab government has would set up the Maharana Pratap Chair at Punjabi University Patiala.This was disclosed here today by Mr. V.P.Singh Badnore Governor Punjab at while addressing a state level function organized to celebrate the 477th Birth Anniversary of legendary Rajput warrior and ruler, Maharana Pratap. Addressing the mammoth crowd gathered from different parts of India, the governor said that higher level of academic work and research could be executed and encouraged on the philosophy and values of Maharana Pratap. With the setting up of the Maharana Pratap Chair, there would be a healthy exchange of thoughts between the academicians especially the historian from Punjab and Rajathan, said Mr. Badnore.Terming the legendary Maharana Pratap as a true patriot who initiated the first war of Independence, the governor said that even today he lives in our hearts because he had showed us the way to protect the motherland. Maharana Pratap has gained amazing respect and honor as an epitome of valor, heroism, pride, patriotism and the spirit of independence, added Mr. Badnore. He also said that Rajasthan and Punjab shared a close proximity besides sharing a rich cultural and social ethos.
Speaking on the occasion, Speaker Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Rana K.P. Singh said that Maharana Pratap initiated the war of Independence in India. He has not only given a tough fight to the Mughals but also guarded the religious faith intact especially during that struggle. He also said thatMaharana Pratap emerged as an inspirational force for the future generations.Prominent dignitaries who addressed the gathering included President All India Pratap Sewa Sangh, Sh. Rao Manohar Singh Krishnavat, renowned social activist Mr. Ashok Singh, Rana Harinder Singh President All India Kashtriya Maha Sabha, MLA Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu, Professor Sumita Katoch and Professor Kulvinder Kaur.Others who were present on the occasion included, MLA Bassi Pathana, Mr. G.P.Singh, MLA Ferozepur Smt. Satkar Kaur Gill, Senior Congress leader Mr. Deepinder Singh Dhillon, Additional Chief Secretary to Governor Punjab Mr. M.P.Singh, Mrs. Gurpreet Kaur Sapra Deputy Commissioner Mohali besides hundreds of the guests from Rajasthan.The visiting dignitaries from Mewar, Bhilwara and other parts of Rajasthan were honored by the Governor with mementos.