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Mamata remembers Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji on his 550th birth anniversary

Kolklata, Nov 12 (UNI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday
remembered Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji on his 550th birth anniversary.
“Heartfelt respect on the auspicious occasion of the 550th Parkash Purab of
Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji,” Ms Banerjee posted on her social networking page.
Ms Banerjee on Monday attended a function on the eve of 550th Parkash
Parab Utsav celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev Ji here.
While highlighting the teachings of the leading Sant, she announced a Punjab
bhavan in his name.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms Banerjee said, "I thank my Sikh brothers and
sisters for giving me the opportunity to attend this auspicious occasion. I would
like to convey my greetings to all Sikh brethren not just in the State but in the
country and the world as well on this landmark celebration."
She said Guru Nanak Ji was not just the leader of one religion, but a world
leader as well who had no feelings of divisiveness.
"We still follow the thoughts and ideals that he had expressed so many years
ago. He was considered a guru for Hindus and a peer for Muslims," the chief
minister said.
Ms Banerjee said Guru Nanak Ji took everyone along with him on the path of
peace, unity and in upholding the country’s traditions, and this has become the
main goal of our lives. It will never become old, nor will it go away. As the years
go by, this tradition will become stronger.
"The Punjab Chief Minister had also invited me to attend the celebrations there,
but the communication came in a bit late, and as you know, a cyclone hit the
southern districts of the State and I could not go. A lot of losses have occurred,
with about 1.75 lakh people requiring assistance. The measures taken by the
administration restricted the death toll. I had gone there today to work for the
relief of the people," she said.
The chief minister said Guru Nanak Ji too always worked for the relief of people
suffering as well as for their betterment. Even today, his blessings continue to work
for the people and those affected by the cyclone.
"On this landmark completion of 550 years, I would like to do something in his
name. Please tell me what can be done that will help the community. Firhad Hakim
(mayor) and Anuj Sharma (police commissioner) are here with me now….Bacchan
Singh Saral (editor) just told me that a bhavan is required. Alright, though vacant
land is scarce, we will try to build a nice bhavan in Guru Nanak Ji’s memory near
Ruby Hospital. I will tell Firhad hakim to work out the details so that the hand-over
can take place in this year itself," Ms Banerjee said.
"We are there to help you, as you are there to help us. This is one of the basis
of Guru Nanak Ji’s teachings. Continue to be good, and do good as he would have
wanted us to do," she added.
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