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Centre finalises year-long mega celebrations

Centre finalises year-long mega celebrations

Ravi S Singh

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 4

The Centre has finalised a mega plan of events in line with the year-long celebrations of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, including a two-day international conference in Delhi and over 100 congregations, at its own cost.

A source said the congregations and other community programmes would be hosted at 40 venues outside Punjab and Delhi with the focus to propagate the iconic spiritual leader’s life and teachings in the different parts of the country, including the remote areas, especially the Northeast and Eastern states.

During a meeting of a high-powered government committee recently, the dominant view was that people of Punjab and Delhi were traditionally conversant with Guru Nanak and his traditions.

Also, the governments in the two states along with the DSGMC and the SGPC have already planned commemorative and celebratory programmes on their own.

A top source said the schedule for the proposed international conference in Delhi was yet to be finalised. PM Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind are likely to inaugurate and preside over the closure of the function.

The MEA, which is overseeing the celebrations overseas, has lined up events, including kirtans and lectures by the diplomatic missions in the countries concerned.

Besides, a tour of about 50 foreign youth of non-Indian origin to the country, starting Tuesday, has been lined up. The delegation will attend daylong events, including lectures and conferences on Guru Nanak. On the subsequent day, the delegation will embark on the tour of darshan of three Takhts of the Sikhs at Patna, Amritsar and Nanded.

The congregation will be held with the help of the locals especially at the places where Guru Nanak visited.

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