New Delhi, Oct 17 (UNI) Delhi Lt Governor Tejender Khanna today said, sentiments of solidarity are essential for the country's march to progress.
''There is no inequality in spiritual fraternity,'' the Lt Governor said at a function to mark the commencement of "Sair-e-Gul-Faroshan", (or 'Phool Walon Ki Sair' as it is commonly known), the festival of communal harmony and national integration at Raj Niwas here.
The festival commenced with Shehnai recital and presentation of an embroidered 'Pankha', by Col Suresh Chand and Mrs Usha Kumar of "Anjuman-Sair-e-Gul-Faroshan" to the Lt Governor and his wife, Uma Khanna.
The Lt Governor will place a traditional floral chadar at Mehrauli on October 25.
The eight-day-long festival was started during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Akbar Shah-II (1808-1837).
The traditional Pankha depicts religious and communal harmony with all India participation.