Patna/Chandigarh: Expressing concern over the menace of casteism, inequality and several other social evils confronted by the country, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday exhorted the countrymen to follow the path of equality, mankind and secularism shown by tenth master of Sikhs Guru Gobind Singh to overcome all these maladies.
Addressing the gathering during the International Sikh Conclave organised here on Thursday to commemorate 350th Parkash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh, the Chief Minister said that the life and philosophy of Guru Gobind Singh could not only act as a catalyst to unite the country but it could also help in making the country a frontrunner in the world. He said that the maladies like casteism and social inequality could be overcome easily by following the path shown by the great Sikh Guru. Congratulating Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for successfully organising the conclave, Badal said that such events further strengthen the ethos of peace, communal harmony, brotherhood and amity across the length and breadth of the country, for which Guru Gobind Singh made unparalleled contribution for upholding the age old traditions of secularism besides safeguarding the human rights and ensuring religious independence thereby sacrificing everything including even his own family.
The Chief Minister further said that Sikhism propagated the true model of socialism and secularism in the world. Badal said that Guru Granth Sahib was a lighthouse of universal brotherhood, secularism and socialism for every human being. He said that the fact that the foundation of Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar was laid down by the Muslim Seer Sai Mian Mir to foster the concept of secularism and its four entrances symbolized the equality of mankind.
The Chief Minister said that the Punjabis in general and Sikhs in particular have inherited a glorious legacy of sacrifice and valour from the great Sikh Gurus, who taught them to fight against tyranny, oppression and injustice. Recalling the unparalleled and unique sacrifices made by Punjabis in the Indian freedom struggle, he mentioned that 80 per cent sacrifices had been made by Punjabis alone in the national freedom movement despite the fact they merely constituted two per cent of country’s population. Badal further said that it was also a matter of sheer pride and honor for us that all the watershed movements associated with the country’s freedom struggle like Kuka, Ghadar, Kamagata Maru, Agrarian, Gurdwara Reforms and Babbar Akali were spear headed by the brave Punjabis.
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