Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, on Sunday, exhorted people to follow the high ideals of secularism, humanism and the spirit of sacrifice as preached and practiced by the ninth guru of the Sikhs, Guru Tegh Bahadur.
Describing Tegh Bahadur as hind di chaadar (shield of India) on the eve of his martyrdom day, Badal said his supreme sacrifice was unique in the history of mankind and symbolised the crusade against tyranny and oppression.
“Our real homage to the great guru would be to follow his teachings in true spirit and dedicate ourselves to serve society, especially the poor and downtrodden, with dedication and missionary zeal, rising above the parochial considerations of caste, colour, creed and religion,” Badal said.
Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal also appealed to people on the occasion to follow the teachings of Guru Tegh Bahadur. “His martyrdom day is a solemn occasion to remember the glory of his supreme sacrifice to protect the right of freedom to worship and preserve human and secular values,” Sukhbir added.