Need to disseminate message of Sri Guru Granth Sahib : Badal

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Fatehgarh Sahib, Sep 6 (UNI) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today underscored the need to disseminate the message and philosophy of Sri Guru Granth Sahib across the globe to foster the sense of harmony, oneness, peace and compassion amongst the mankind.

He was presiding over a national seminar on "Sri Guru Granth Sahib: Panacea for all Ills of Modern Age", organized by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee (SGPC) here. Mr Badal said "It is the need of the hour as not only our country but the entire world was passing through the pangs of agony due to internal and external disturbances, terrorism, communal tension and secessionism. And, therefore, the universal message of Sri Guru Granth Sahib is the only and only solution to all these maladies that has griped the entire humanity with a sense of hatred and mistrust which must be replacedby love and trust at all costs with the blessings of Sri Guru Granth Sahib", he added.

Citing the recent disturbances and communal tensions in the country, Mr Badal said that these had arisen out of ever widening economic disparity between the rich and poor and consequently resulted the problems of starvation, unemployment and illiteracy which had caused wide spread anguish and disillusionment amongst our poor countrymen.

Squarely holding responsible the states and the Centre for this crisis, the Chief Minister said that "we should draw inspiration from Sri Guru Granth Sahib where equality of mankind, righteousness and justice was the order of the day".

Emphasizing the significance and relevance of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, he said that younger generations must be preached the noble teachings from this holy scripture. He hoped the eternal message of Sri Guru Granth Sahib would leave an indelible impression on the minds of the youth which would ultimately enable them to make them an ideal citizens of the society.

He asked the SGPC to hold such seminars in open so that a sizeable chunk of people especially the youth could be benefited from the legacy and philosophy of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

He also underlined the need to introduce 'Sikh religion' as a subject in the curriculum of the schools and colleges run by SGPC.

The Chief Minister said that all of us were fortunate enough to commemorate 9 anniversaries related to the Sikh history in our lifetime and now Tercentenary of Guru-ta-Gaddi Diwas of Sri Guru Granth Sahib and 300th death anniversary of Sri Guru Gobind Singh would be observed during this year.

He said that Rs 200 crore would be spent on the overall development of the holy cities of Sri Anandpur Sahib and Talwandi Sabo as a part of Guru-ta-Gaddi Diwas celebrations. He said that the prestigious project Guru Gobind Singh Marg linking Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib, Sri Anandpur Sahib to Takht Sri Sach Khand Hazoor Sahib, Nanded, via Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo, was in the final stage and nod was awaited from the Centre.

Mr Badal also pointed out that Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, an SGPC project, was also a right step in the direction to spread the message of Sri Guru Granth Sahib to every nock and corner of the world.

Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated the newly built houses for Assistant Professors at a cost of Rs 1.25 crore and laid a foundation stone of Rs 3 crore library block in the campus of the Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College.

Sri Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh, eminent Sikh scholar and Vice Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, Dr Jaspal Singh, SGPC President Jathedar Avtar Singh and Former SGPC President and Chairman of the Seminar Sub Committe Prof. Kirpal Singh Badungar also spoke.

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