A special session of the Punjab Legislative Assembly was held for the commemoration of the historic 400th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur on Friday.
The decision to hold a special session of the assembly for a day was approved at the cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on August 26.
India continues to be a pluralistic country that has the unique distinction of being home to almost every faith in the world. This is what gives India its richness & cultural diversity, said Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh at a special session of the State Assembly.
Punjab CM further stated, It was to uphold the right of people of this land to peacefully follow the faith of their choice, that Guru Sahab (Guru Teg Bahadur) gave his ‘shahadat’. By doing so he set a unique example in the history of sacrificing his life. India has unique cultural tradition. When we call Indianness, this is the idea of India. Our ancient texts have expressed idea of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’-“world is one family”. In Sikh faith, we’ve concept of ‘Sarbat da bhala’ – “welfare of entire humanity”.
Earlier, the Chief Minister said he will invite Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu, Punjab Governor VP Badnore, and former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh as guests at the special session.
Guru Tegh Bahadur was the ninth Guru (April 1, 1621-November 11, 1675) of the Sikh religion.