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Need to revisit Guru’s legacy in turbulent times: Ex-PM


Need to revisit Guru’s legacy in turbulent times: Ex-PM

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8

Now that we are celebrating the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, we need to pause and revisit His legacy and its relevance to our times, said former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday.

He was speaking at the valedictory session of a two-day conference at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), Chandigarh, on ‘Guru Nanak’s philosophy to spread peace, harmony and human happiness’.

The ex-PM said at a time when the world was facing serious challenges due to the unchecked exploitation of natural resources, growing race for arms, continued exploitation of the poor by the rich and growing environmental degradation, it would be worthwhile to work for an alternative model of society based on truth, gender equality, protection of environment and universal responsibility.

He emphasised that more than any other period of human history, the need for unity of thought and action today was most urgent. “We are hearing the cries of the refugees and their children in the Middle-East, of those who are deprived and those abandoned by the unjust social and economic order,” he added.

The ex-PM said Guru Nanak’s hymns shows that India at that time was passing through a period of civilisational conflict. “Fortunately, the wise and sagacious men and women from different faiths joined together for the cause of peace and love, which resulted in the formation of Bhakti and Sufi movements.

It was during his stay in Sultanpur Lodhi that Guru Nanak got enlightenment on the banks of Kali Bein. It is important to note that the first words that the Guru uttered after his enlightenment were Na koi Hindu na koi Musalman, clearly indicating that his mission was to unite humanity by asking them to transcend the boundaries created in the name of religion, caste and colour,” he added.

Meanwhile, addressing the disparities and conflicts, Murli Manohar Joshi, former Union Minister of India, emphasised on the relevance of the application of Guru Nanak’s philosophy in today’s globalised world. He said globalisation had widened the gaps instead of integrating the world.

Gursharan hails corridor 

Hailing the opening of the Kartarpur corridor, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s wife Gursharan Kaur said as long as peace prevails, it was an initative that should be welcomed. She said they would definitely visit Kartarpur. 

At a time when the world is facing serious challenges, it will be worthwhile to work for an alternative model of society based on truth, equality and universal responsibility. There is need for unity of thought and action today. Manmohan Singh, Ex-PM

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