Sikhism in the making of the third millennium civilization

The Institute of Sikh Studies (IOSS), Chandigarh organized its annual seminar on "Sikhism in the making of the third millennium civilization" on November 23 & 24, 2013 in the Auditorium, Department of English, Panjab University, Chandigarh. The Seminar was inaugurated by Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala. A number of scholars from all over India participated in the deliberations.
The Seminar started with a Shabad recited by students of Kendri Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Chandigarh.
Principal Prabhjot Kaur, President of the IOSS, welcomed the participants and gave a brief introduction to the theme of the Seminar.
S. Gurdev Singh, Patron of the IOSS, gave a brief introduction to the Institute and its activities and explained how Dr Kharak Singh, Sardar Daljeet Singh, Sardar Jagjit Singh and other eminent personalities established the IOSS and made it a force to reckon with.
The sub-theme of on the first day was "World Government: Sikh concept of Miri-Piri".
Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, while speaking on the Miri-Piri concept in his inaugural address explained how the Gurus changed the society's concept of State and Governance. Before Guru Nanak's time, the model of governance in vogue was vertical in nature with power flowing from top to bottom. The Gurus turned this model into a horizontal model in which everyone was equal and there was love for each other. They stressed on an all inclusive model where even the lowliest of the low were involved and given equal status. In their Bani they explained beautifully the characteristics of a good ruler- one who should be capable and qualified, free of arrogance and greed and should involve all the subjects while taking decisions.
Dr P. S. Pasricha, Ex-chairman, Takht Sri Hazoor Sahib, Nanded deliberated that philosophy of Sikh Gurus is extremely relevant even today and can help in resolving many conflicts threatening mankind. The dream of a World Government and global society can be realized only if the idea of universal brotherhood as given by the Sikh Gurus is in put into practice.
The Morning Session, was chaired by Dr Jaspal Kaur Kaang, Chairperson, Department of Guru Nanak Sikh Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, started with the paper on "World Government" by Dr I.S.Kalsi, a retired Professor of Chemistry. He opined that day may not be far when all the countries of the world would join together in a federation under one Government, evolving a single global legal system, with individual citizens having direct access to International Courts with the power to overrule National Legislation. He explained that in the Sikh society a person has to share with others without damaging the receiver's dignity. Partaking community food (Pangat) is meant to enforce the belief in the brotherhood of humankind. Contributing daswandh helps in running the system without any hassles as it facilitates helpingthe poor and downtrodden without demeaning them.
Dr Kirpal Singh, an eminent historian explained that during medieval times every religion clashed with the other destroying each other's religious places. Consequently religion became a cause of discord. However, Guru Granth Sahib emphasizes a life of contentment and high thinking. In such a state of affairs there would not be any corruption in any form. It will be an ideal society where everybody lives by money earned by dint of hard work.
Dr Sarabjot Kaur of Ludhiana spoke on "World Government and Sikh Religion". She discussed the role Sikhism will play when the world government is established. The main aim of the World Government should be to protect the weaker sections. This World Government should be based on the idea of universal brotherhood of mankind.
Dr J. Jayan of Madurai Unviersity stated that the doctrines of the religious scriptures have a unique role in the socio-political and religious development of a society. He further said the concept of Miri-Piri synthesized the spiritual and temporal aspects of existence. The truthful life contains a strong attachment towards internalized values and social norms.
Dr Sarabjit Singh, Associate Professor, PAU deliberated on how Miri-Piri concept can help form a healthy society.
Dr Ishmeet Kaur from Central University of Gujarat discussed the notion of "Sarbat da Bhalla" in Sikhism in light of globalization and universalism. She felt that the whole idea of travels undertaken by the Gurus was to explore and to bring together the world on common values. They worked towards a new formation of a composite nation-state where individuals would be granted more rights and freedom to exercise irrespective of any disintegrating factors.
The theme for the second day of the annual seminar was "World Citizenship: Sikhism and Environment" and was inaugurated by Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal, a renowned environmentalist who has done commendable work for the protection of Environment
The Institute of Sikh Studies (IOSS), Chandigarh organized its annual seminar on "Sikhism in the making of the third millennium civilization" on November 23 & 24, 2013 in the Auditorium, Department of English, Panjab University, Chan...
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