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First International Sikh Conclave to kick start in Bihar, ahead of 350th birth anniversary celebration of Guru Gobind Singh

Nitish Kumar will inaugurate the conclave on Thursday here, after which a panel discussion on various topics will be held

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Patna, 21 Sept 2016: Nearly 150 Sikh luminaries from all walks of life from India and abroad are likely to participate in the first three-day international Sikh conclave in Patna, beginning on September 22.

Talking to media persons here, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said the state government is organising this conclave ahead of the 350th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh guru, in Patna Sahib.

“Eminent people including scholars, artists, businessmen, politicians from India and countries like Canada, UK, USA, Myanmar and New Zealand will participate in the conclave,” Nitish Kumar said.

Nitish Kumar. Wikimedia
Nitish Kumar. Wikimedia

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Nitish Kumar will inaugurate the conclave on Thursday here, after which a panel discussion on various topics will be held.

According to officials of conclave host Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Union Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi and Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur, former PM Manmohan Singh, former Punjab CMs Surjit Singh Barnala and Captain Amarinder Singh, former Planning Commission Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, are likely to participate in the conclave.

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Prominent participants from abroad are President of World Punjabi Organisation Ranjeet Baksgi (UK), Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan (Canada), Minister of Innov

ation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Singh Bains (Canada), Hardip Singh Bhasin (Myanmar), Resham Singh Sandhu (UK), Jagdeep Ahluwalia (USA) and Secretary Sikh Council of Australia Baba Singh Jagdeo.

Well known lyricist Gulzar, Bollywood actor Dharmendra and veteran athlete Milkha Singh are also likely to participate in the conclave. (IANS)

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Social Media reacts to Fatwa Issued Against Muslim Bihar Minister Firoz Ahmad for Chanting ‘Jai Shree Ram’

Recently, journalist, and liberal activist, Tarek Fateh, tweeted his take on the matter and wrote 'Jai Shree Ram'

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Aug 3, 2017: Recently, a fatwa was issued to Khurshid alias Firoz Ahmad,  Muslim politician and Janata Dal leader in the newly formed coalition government in Bihar for chanting ‘Jai Shree Ram’.

The fatwa or decree was issued by a Muslim Cleric, Mufti Sohail Quasmi of Imarat Shariah, which describes itself as a socio-religious organisation active in Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha.

Ahmad was given charge of minority welfare and sugarcane industries in ministry of Bihar.

“Islam teaches respect for all religions. If by saying Jai Shri Ram I can do some good for the Muslims, why is there such a hue and cry,” Ahmad told mediapersons.

“The CM told me if anybody felt hurt by my statement, I should apologise. My intention was not to hurt anyone. I have come to serve the people. My statement was distorted,” he told the channel after coming out of a review meeting of the minority welfare department with chief minister Nitish Kumar, as mentioned in HT report.

Though the minister excused himself after receiving resentments, many appear to have got seriously offended. This indeed has become a matter of mass discussion and outrage.

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Recently, journalist, and liberal activist, Tarek Fateh, tweeted his take on the matter and wrote “Jai Shree Ram”, irrespective of the fact that he is a Muslim. Here is what he tweeted!

Not only this, Tarek also challenged others to go and try doing whatever they can. His tweet is being received wholeheartedly by people of the Muslim community and has been re-tweeted over 10,000 times till now. The tweet came as a response to Khurshid Ahmad confession and cancellation of fatwa.

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Tarek’s tweet is now getting viral on social media. Not only Muslims, but Hindu Twitter users have also appreciated his viewpoint on the matter.

People are praising him for giving a befitting reply to those who are creating divides and sowing hatred in the name of religion.

– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94