Amritsar, Sep 25 (UNI) Veteran journalist and former Member of Parliament Kuldip Nayyar today inaugrated a one-day state level seminar on Shaheed Bhagat Singh, organised by the department of history of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) to mark the birth centenary celebrations of the great martyr here at the Guru Nanak Bhawan.
The seminar was attended by distinguished scholars who expressed their views on Shaheed Bhagat Singh and his ideology.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Nayyar said, ''Bhagat Singh wanted the removal of poverty, slavery, casteism, regional disparities not only from India but from the whole world. He wanted the complete participation of the common man in the governance. However, still today only 30 per cent people are enjoying the fruit of the freedom and 70 per cent people of the nation still could not rise above the poverty line.'' Prof Jagmohan Singh, a nephew of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, who presided over the seminar, called upon the youth to sincerely follow the ideology of Bhagat Singh. He said that Bhagat Singh was himself a 'University' who formulated his own syllabus, prepared the people to get freedom as per this syllabus.
He said the GNDU should undertake active research on Bhagat Singh as totality by an 'Integrated Group'. The youth today is on the cross roads and they should try to rise in their lives following the philosophy of Bhagat Singh, he added.
Dr H K Puri, a distinguished political scientist in his keynote address said that Bhagat Singh's close association with the common man was of a great significance. His martyrdom had played a great role to awaken the common man for the freedom struggle.
Mr Puri also said, ''Mentality of people could not be changed with the force but the basic need is to create the awareness among the masses. Arguments, discussions and adequate literature could be helpful for this change.'' GNDU Vice-Chancellor Jai Rup Singh also spoke on the ideology of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Dr Jai Rup Singh said the urgent need is to follow the way shown by our martyrs to make the country socially, economically and morally strong.
The Vice-Chancellor on this occasion honoured Mr Kuldip Nayyar, Prof Jagmohan Singh and Dr H K Puri by presenting them portraits of University Library.