Jamshedpur ; A seminar on ‘ Relevance of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in Today’s World was organised by the Central Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee ( CGPC). Former Speaker of Jharkhand Assembly Inder Singh Namdhari presided over the seminar.
While addressing the scholars and students, Namdhari said youth should learn other languages, but should not ignore their mother tongue. He cited several examples of Sri Guru Granth Sahib to motivate the participants.
He said universal brotherhood was the objective of the Sikh culture. “Today only Gurbani can provide them direction.
So, the need of the hour is to follow the teachings of Gurbani,” he added.
In his, senior BJP leader Amarpreet Singh Kale said Dr Kalam said Guru Granth Sahib is the ‘Universal Guru’.
He said it was also a manifesto on human rights, rights of the weak, disadvantaged, and downtrodden and particularly women who were subjected to all kinds of inhuman indignities. The Guru not only spoke of gender equality, but also of social equality, which was a taboo at that time.
He went on to add that Guru Granth Sahib was a symbol of humanism, pluralism,universal brotherhood and cosmopolitanism.
He, however, said even after four centuries of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib, society had not been able to practice the teachings of Gurus in letter and in spirit. He said it was unfortunate that we could not do away with the practice of casteism.
Speaking on historical significance of Guru Granth Sahib, Inderjit Singh, president, CGPC, stressed on the universality of the message of the Gurus, and its specificity for contemporary circumstances.