December 15th, 2016

Describing Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji as a lighthouse of universal brotherhood, secularism and socialism for every human being, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today said that this sacred Granth could guide the path to the entire country for strengthening the bonds of communal, harmony, peace and amity in the country. 

In his address after flagging off Bhasha Anek: Bharat Ek Granth Yatra organised by NGO Sarhad Foundation, Pune to mark the 350th birth anniversary of tenth master of Sikhs, Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji here today, the Chief Minister said that Sri Granth Sahib was a repository of faith spirituality that has guided the destiny of the mankind since ages. He said that Sikhism propagated the true model of socialism and secularism in the world and the foundation of Sri Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar was laid down by the Muslim Seer Sai Mian Mir to foster the ethos of secularism and its four entrances symbolized concept of equality of mankind. Mr. Badal said that this yatra would prove to be a milestone in cementing the bonds of communal harmony, national integration and brotherhood across the country, which was the need of hour. 

Complementing the NGO Sarhad Foundation for taking this unique initiative, the Chief Minister said that it would help in disseminating the ideology of Sri Granth Sahib in every nook and corner of the country as the yatra would travel several hundred kilometres all the way from Sri Anandpur Sahib to Sri Huzur Sahib before finally terminating at Pune headquarters of the Sarhad. Mr. Badal underscored the need for replicating this initiative of NGO to spread the message of love, peace and brotherhood amongst the mankind.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by his Special Principal Secretary Mr. Gaggandip Singh Brar.