Patna to host three-day international Sikh meet

: A three-day International Sikh Conclave will be hosted in Patna from September 22-24. Scholars, researchers and noted personalities from across the world will be participating in the event, which will be inaugurated on Thursday by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

The International Sikh Conclave will be held as a precursor to the impressive ceremony lined up by the Bihar government for the Parkash Utasav in January to mark the 350th year of the birth of Guru Gobind Singh.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, former Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia, former chairman of the National Commission for Minorities Tarlochan Singh, Union Ministers Maneka Gandhi and Harsimrat Kaur, Union Minister of State S.S. Ahluwalia, former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Punjab’s Minister for Panchayat and Rural Development Sikander Singh Maluka, and New Zealand MP Kanwal Singh Bakshi, are among the personalities likely to attend the conclave. Some Sikh ministers and representatives from Canada, Myanmar, UK, USA and Australia have also been invited.

Lyricist Gulzar, Bollywood actor Dharmendra and athlete Milkha Singh have been invited to the conclave to be attended by over 150 delegates from all over the globe, said an official of the Bihar Tourism Department. During the conclave beginning Thursday, there would be panel discussions on topics like ‘Shri Guru Gobind Singh: A spiritual saviour and crusader of rights’, ‘Shri Guru Gobind Singh: A poet par excellence’ and ‘Sikhism: A faith of love and humanity’. On the last day, a discussion will be held on Sikh contributions to the nation.

A coffee table book on Shri Guru Gobind Singh will be launched on the occasion. Cultural programmes with artistes Rabbi Shergil and Diljit Dosanjh are also to be held.

The state government has decided to grant a three-day holiday during the Parkash Utsav, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced on Wednesday.

Grand percursor to the 350th birth anniversary of

Guru Gobind Singh next year

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