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Says his teachings are still relevant

CHENNAI: Governor Surjit Singh Barnala on Sunday stressed the need for promoting universal brotherhood and strengthening national integration.

Participating in the 538th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak at the Gurudwara Sahib here, Mr. Barnala said the great guru's teachings were still relevant. Guru Nanak, who fought relentlessly against untouchability and social injustice, also insisted that religions should unify people, he added.

Guru Nanak taught that there should be no discrimination against anybody in the name of caste or religion as men and women were children of God. He preached the `one God, one community' message. For him religion was not a dogma, but a service. "Service to humanity was the ideal that he had placed before us," the Governor said.

"On this auspicious day, let us resolve to live up to the great guru's teachings and work for his ideals," Mr. Barnala said.

Mr. Barnala also recalled that a gurudwara was constructed in Rameswaram 15 years ago and it was inaugurated by him in the presence of leaders of different religions.

The Governor also made his obeisance to the Guru Granth Sahib at the gurudwara in Chennai.