Accession Day is observed on 26 October every year in Jammu and Kashmir. This is a public holiday to commemorate the signing of the Instrument of Accession between Maharaja Hari Singh and Lord Mountbatten which took place under the India Independence Act of 1947.
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|Tuesday||26 October 2021||Jammu and Kashmir|
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About Accession Day
Under the Indian Independence Act, with Lord Mountbatten serving as the Governor-General of India, British India was divided into India and Pakistan. Sovereignty was restored to 580 princely states which were given the option of joining either Pakistan or India or remaining independent.
Maharaja Hari Singh, who was the ruler of Kashmir, wished to remain independent. However, the fact that he was a Hindu and the majority of his subjects were Muslim created political unrest in the state. He sought the help of the Indian armed forces after an invasion from the army men and tribesmen of Pakistan. The Indian Government extended its help on condition of accession of the state to the Dominion of India.
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This day was declared as a gazetted holiday in the year 2019. The festivities conducted on Accession Day in Jammu and Kashmir include raising the flag of India, holding patriotic rallies, and singing of the national anthem of India.
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