‘Sikhism is greatest gift of Guru Nanak to the world’ : Maharashtra Governor
The Governor of Maharashtra CH. Vidyasagar Rao today described Sikhism as the greatest gift of Guru Nanak to the world. “While Sikhism is the greatest gift of Guru Nanak to the world, the Adi Granth is the greatest gift of Sikhism to humanity,” he said.
Describing Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism as a pioneering social reformer, the Governor said Guru Nanak’s ideas such as equality of women, opposition to blind faith and harmony among different faiths, were way ahead of times in which he lived.
The Governor was speaking at the inauguration of an Inter Religious Seminar on the ‘Life and Legacy of Guru Nanak’ in Mumbai on Saturday (13th July).
The Seminar was organised by the Guru Nanak Vidyak Society in the premises of Guru Nanak College, Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar, Mumbai as part of the commemoration of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
“Even though, Maharashtra and Punjab are separated by a distance of thousands of kilometers, the two states are spiritual brothers, thanks to the association of Sant Namdeo with Punjab and that of Guru Gobind Singh with Maharashtra,” the Governor said.
Sardar Tara Singh, MLA, Tamilselvan, MLA, Prof. Akhtarul Wasey, Vice Chancellor, Maulana Azad University, Dr Jaspal Singh, former Vice Chancellor of Punjabi University, Sardar Manjit Singh Bhatti, President, Guru Nanak Vidyak Society, Dr Zahir Kazi, President, Anjuman Islam, Sardar Sardool Singh, Convenor, Dr Smt Pushpinder Bhatia, Principal, Guru Nanak College of Arts, Science and Commerce and others were present.
The Governor presented the first Rai Bular Bhatti Memorial Award to former Director General of Maharashtra Police Dr P S Pasricha for his multifarious services to society. (Photo enclosed).
The Governor informed the gathering that a Guru Gobind Singh Ji Adhyasan Sankul and Research Centre is being set up at Nanded. According to him, the Centre will carry out research and comparative study of Sikhism and translate Sikh literature in many languages.