General Knowledge with Special Reference to J&K POPULAR NAMES OF PERSONALITIES Jkssb Account assistant post

General Knowledge with Special Reference to
J&K

POPULAR NAMES OF PERSONALITIES (Religion,
Politics, Scientific Discoveries, Geographical, Sports,
History)
Popular Personalities of Jammu and Kashmir
1. Mirwaiz Mohammad Umar Farooq :Mirwaiz Mohammad Umar
Farooq (born 23 March 1973) is the Mirwaiz of Kashmir and a
Kashmiri separatist leader. He is the chairman of the Awami Action
Committee, one of the two key factions of the All Parties Hurriyat
Conference. In October 2014, Farooq was listed as one of The 500
Most Influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies
Centre, Jordan. The report is issued annually in cooperation with
Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian
Understanding at Georgetown University in the United States. As the
Mirwaiz of Kashmir and chairman of the Hurriyat Conference, Umar
Farooq has an important religious as well as political role in the
Kashmir Valley. He is seen as the spiritual leader of Kashmir’s
Muslims

2. Habba Khatoon was a 16th century Kashmiri mystic-poet and
ascetic, who is also known as “Nightingale of Kashmir’. She was born
in the small village Chandrahar just outside Samboora in present
Jammu and Kashmir state. She was also known under the name
Zoon ( which means Moon) because of her immense beauty until her
marriage with Yusuf Shah Chak, who later became the ruler of
Kashmir, after which she was called Habba Khatoon. Her songs are
popular in Kashmir and she is almost a legendary figure in Kashmiri
literary history. Habba Khatoon introduced a lot to Kashmiri poetry, lot
is more or less equivalent to the English “lyric”. It conveys one brief
thought which is full of melody and love. Habba Khatoon spent her
last days singing her songs in the Valley, songs which are popular to
this day. Even now you can see young Kashmiri singers tune to such
popular lyrics as Mye ha kaer kit and che kamiu sonei myani

3. BHAJAN SOPORI-Bhajan Sopori is an Indian instrumentalist. He
is a player of the santoor, an ancient stringed musical instrument.
Sopori hails from Sopore in Kashmir Valley and traces his lineage to
ancient Santoor experts. He belongs to the Sufiana grahana of Indian
classical music. His family has played santoor for over six
generations. His first public performance was at a conference
organised by Prayag Sangeet Samiti and the University of Allahabad
when he was just 10 years old. Sopori’s son Abhay Rustum Sopori is
also a santoor player. Both father and son have given several
performances together.
4. MUSHTAQ KAK-Mushtaq Kak is an Indian actor and director. His
parents are from different parts of India, his father is a Kashmiri of
Kak caste while his mother is a Dogra.
Earlier, he was associated with Shri Ram Centre, New delhi as the
artistic director. He has also received the best director award for
Andha Yug, Malika and Pratibimb. Of his plays, Maha Brahmin and
Alladad were adjudged best plays in the years 1999 and 2000
respectively.
5. PARVEZ GHULAM RASOOL ZARGAR-He is an Indian cricketer
born on February 13,1989 who plays all-rounder for Jammu and
Kashmir. He is aright-handed batsman and off break bowler.
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Rasool is the captain of Jammu & Kashmir team and a regular
member of the India A team. Rasool was the first cricketer from
Jammu & Kashmir to have played in IPL. He got his call-up for the
national team in 2013 for the Zimbabwe tour. Rasool finally
represented national team against Bangladesh on June 15, 2014 at
Mirpur. Rasool is from Bijhbehara in the Anantnag district of Kashmir.
His coaches there were Abdul Qayoom who played a good level
Ranji cricket,
6. PREM NATH DOGRA-He was a leader from jammu and Kashmir
who worked for total integration of the state with India. He formed
Praja Parishad party in 1947 along with Balraj Madhok and opposed
policies of Sheikh Abdullah.
Pt. Prem Nath Dogra popularly known as Pandit Ji belongs to
Brahmin family and was given Upadhi of Dogra. He was born on 24th
October, 1884 at Smailpur in Jammu. He died on 20th March, 1972 in
Jammu.
7. BALRAJ PURI-Balraj Puri is a committed peace activist who
began his career in journalism in 1942 and since then has worked in
or edited several publications. In his 68 years of public career, he has
played a crucial role in Indian politics. He mediated the famous 1975
Sheikh Abdullah – Indira Gandhi accord. He worked for communal
harmony across India particularly in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. From
India’s first Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru to the present Prime
Minister Narendra Modi is constantly consulted on various aspects of
the Kashmir issue. He also played an important role in restoring
peace in Punjab in the 1980s. On August 30, 2014 Balraj Puri died at
GMC hospital Jammu. Puri was conferred the Padma Bhushan in
2005, one of India’s highest civilian honors, in Literature and
Education. On 31 October 2009 he was honoured with Indira Gandhi
award for National Integration at Delhi by Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh. Prime Minister Singh described Puri’s bookKashmir towards
Insurgency- as a primer for anybody trying to understand the
intricacies of Kashmir issue .Balraj Puri’s life has been one of selfless
service to the society and to country. It has been a life dedicated to
the cause of promoting peace, good-will and communal harmony. It
has been a life spent in building bridges between regions and
communities.
8. KUNDAN LAL SAIGAL-K.L. Saigal , the voice of legendary singer
was born on 11th April’1904 to Amarchand and Kesar Bai in Jammu.
The famous songs ‘Ik bangla bane nyara’, ‘jab dil hi toot gaya’, ‘do
naina matware’, ‘babul mora’, have one thing in common and that is
K.L Saigal’s voice. Besides singing, he had acting talents and acted
in many Hindi films. His performance in ‘Devdas’ was highly
appreciated in which he played the character of a drunken man. He
was indeed a blessing to the State and especially Indian film
fraternity.
9. MEHR CHAND MAHAJAN-Mehr Chand Mahajan was the third
Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India. He was also the Prime
Minister of J&K during the reign of Maharaja hari Singh. He played a
key role in the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India. He was the
Indian National congress nominee on the Redcliff Commission that
defined the boundaries of India and Pakistan. He was the one who
turned down the offer of district Lahore and instead annexed district
Gurdaspur to India. Before becoming Chief Justice, he served as one
of the first judges of the Supreme Court of free India.

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