Prez describes Guru Nanak Dev as apostle of love, peace, religious tolerance

Sultanpur Lodhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday described Guru Nanak Dev ji as an apostle of love, peace and religious tolerance, besides being a champion of equality.
Participating in the historic celebrations here on the occasion of 550th Prakash Purb of the Sikh first Guru, Mr Kovind said Guru Ji’s Bani, in the dialect used by the common man, continues to inspire millions, advocating pursuance of his teachings in letter and spirit for the creation of a harmonious society.
Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and his Rajasthan counterpart Ashok Gehlot, were among the galaxy of luminaries, present at the state-level function.
The President, who was received at the helipad by Capt Singh, thanked the latter for inviting him at the state-level function to mark the auspicious occasion.
On the occasion, Capt Singh announced that he would take up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the issue prevailing upon Pakistan to grant Indian devotees open access to more historic Gurudwaras across the border.
The Chief Minister announced his government’s decision to honour Punjab Police personnel with ‘Prakash Purb Tagma’ (Medal) for their service to the state in the true spirit of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji’s ideology.
He also announced that the 550th Prakash Purb celebrations, which commenced last year, would continue till November, 2020.
Addressing a religious congregation after the bhog of ‘Sri Sehaj Path’, the Chief Minister said as per his government’s decision to release 550 convicts prematurely to mark the historic occasion, 450 had already been freed, while the others would be released over the next few months.
He welcomed the millions of devotees (Sangat), who had converged in the city from different parts of the country and foreign shores, to participate in the Prakash Purb celebrations with great enthusiasm and religious fervour.
The Sehaj Path, jointly organised by the Punjab government, Sant Samaj, various Sikh religious organisations and Sikh Sangat on behalf of the people of Punjab at Sri Guru Nanak Darbar, had commenced on November 5.