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 sense of harmony, oneness, peace and compassion amongst mankind.

He was presiding over a national seminar on ''Sri Guru Granth Sahib: Panacea for all Ills of Modern Age'', organised 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 ageny 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...'' Citing the recent disturbances and communal tensions in the country, Mr Badal said these had arisen out of ever widening economic disparity between the rich and poor and resulted in 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 ''we should draw inspiration from Sri Guru Granth Sahib where equality of mankind, righteousness and justice was the order of the day''.

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.

Mr Badal also underlined the need to introduce Sikhism as a subject in the curriculum of the schools and colleges run by SGPC.

He said 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.

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.

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