Prof. Daljit Singh, Incharge, National Integration Chairman of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur, introduced the topic of the webinar and said that Indian literature plays an important role in the study of the history and religion of India. He said, “Although there are many misunderstandings in the Gurmukhi literature, but when we examine it carefully and compare it with other historical sources, all of these doubts have been dispelled, especially the study of Gurbani immensely illuminated the current situations of these times. Guru Sahib has preached the idea of equality, freedom and brotherhood through his Bani to the whole world. ”
Prof. B S Ghuman, Vice Chancellor of the Punjabi University in Patiala, said in his statements to the President that Guru Sahib’s bani has been extensively studied by various authors of Indian literature. The scholars interested in this field have made a significant contribution to the dissemination of Guru Sahib’s philosophy and message of national integration and religious tolerance towards the whole world.
Keynote speaker Prof. Gurmail Singh of the Institute of Religious Studies at Punjabi University emphasized the need to deeply understand the vocabulary and other pronunciation patterns used in Guru Sahib’s bani. Dr. Paramveer Singh, head of the Department of Encyclopedia of Sikhism at Punjabi University, shed light on Guru Sahib’s time span and said that the Janamsakhis, Vaaran Bhai Gurdas and other literary sources play a significant role in Sikh history. He said: “Guru Sahibs Bani is universal and shows us the true way of livelihood. We can clearly see the effects of Gurmukhi and other contemporary languages in Guru Sahib’s Bani. ”