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Sikhism and Women Part 10

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Published on Nov 28, 2011

IOSS Seminar 2011: A report by Lt. Gen. (Retd.) K.S.Gill* & Ishwinder Singh**

* House No. 1801, Sector 34-D, Chandigarh. Email: kartarsikhconfed@yahoo.com
**House No. 114, Sector 18-A, Chandigarh. Email: ishwinder@airtelmail.in

The Institute of Sikh Studies (IOSS), Chandigarh organized its annual seminar on "Sikhism and Women" on 6th November 2011 at its headquarters in Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Kanthala, Industrial Area Phase II, Chandigarh. 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 as is the norm every year. The morning session was chaired by the Bibi Harjinder Kaur, Member SGPC and former Mayor of Chandigarh. The stage secretary was S. Gurcharan Singh, also the Convener of the Seminar. The afternoon session was chaired by Dr. Jaspal Kaur Kang, Prof. and chairperson of Guru Nanak Sikh Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh. The stage secretary was S. Gurpreet Singh, Treasurer, IOSS.
S. Gurdev Singh IAS (Retd.), Patron of the IOSS welcomed the speakers and the audience. He provided a brief background of the IOSS and the various activities being undertaken by it.
Bibi Baljit Kaur, acting President of the IOSS, Dr. Gurnek Singh, VC, Guru Granth Sahib University, Fatehgarh Sahib, Prof. Shashi Bala, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Religious Studies, Dept. of Guru Nanak Studies, G.N.D.U., Amritsar, Dr. Kirpal Singh, Dr. Rajinder Jit Kaur Dhindsa, Director, Institute of Advanced Studies in Sikhism, Patiala, Dr. Jaspal Kaur Kang,
Amandeep Singh, Dr. Rajni Bala, Dr Rajesh Gill, Department of Sociology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Dr. Sukhdial Singh, Dr. Harsimranjeet Kaur, S. Partap Singh, DIG (Retd.) presented their views during the seminar.

S. Gurpreet Singh then read out three resolutions summarizing the day's proceedings.
1. We are indebted to the Great Gurus from Guru Nanak to Guru Gobind Singh for giving us by their guidance; lines in our scriptures give prominent stress to women, even higher than men.
2. Guru Mahals and other great women have set examples for us in the Sikh life of simran, sewa and sacrifice and kept high standards in Sikhi in their off-springs. We request all our mothers, sisters and daughters to follow their examples in their lives and lives of their children.
3. We are of the considered view that all Sikh Institutions be requested to monitor problems of Sikh women in their homes, in matter of dowry and foeticide and the like and to recommend steps to solve these issues with the help of all concerned.
The Seminar concluded with a vote of thanks by Bhai Ashok Singh, Spokesman of the IOSS.

Ishwinder Singh,
Chandigarh.

You may also check the link below for donwloading the entire seminar proceedings in a single file:

http://www.archive.org/details/Sikhis...

http://www.archive.org/download/Sikhi...

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