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Use religious places to reform people: Kalam
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Sultanpur Lodhi (Kapurthala), August 17
President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam urged that the worship places in the country should be used for reforming people. He was speaking at Nirmal Kuteya here today where he came on the invitation of Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal, the man behind cleansing of sacred rivulet Kali Bein.

Dr Kalam said that the people should pledge six-points while visiting a temple, mosque, gurdwara and church. They should pledge that they would clean at least one pond during lifetime; they would put an end to domestic disputes and court cases, if any; they would plant five saplings of different fruits at their respective houses and would ensure their growth; they would not gamble and take drinks; they would give equal importance to their sons and daughters and would not indulge in any type of corruption.

The President said that if every Indian acted according to any to the six-points our country would further improve a lot. The people of Sultanpur Lodhi should initiate adopting these points, he said, adding that he would ask the people of other parts of the country to do so from time to time.

Giving a pat on Baba Seechewal’s back by congratulating him and his kar sevaks, Dr Kalam said that a few stout hearts did great things and the Baba was one amongst them.

Dr Kalam said Maharishi Patnajali had written in his book Yoga Sutra that, “When you are inspired by some purpose, nothing remains impossible for you.’ This sentence fitted to the exemplary work done by the Sant”.

The President said that what was being done by Baba Seechewal, had the same things been performed at other religious place, India would have become a better place to live. The Baba was not only doing his best to cleanse the Bein for past six years but also he had done a lot to provide better education and construct roads in Jalandhar and Kapurthala districts, he added. Dr Kalam said that the voluntarily service of the Baba’s team and the government’s commitment should go together for further cleansing the Bein.

Earlier welcoming Dr Kalam, Baba Seechewal demanded that the quantity of water released from the Mukerian Hydel Project at Talwara should be increased from 200 cusecs to 400 cusecs. He said that green belt should be developed up to 250 metres on both sides of the Bein.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal said that the government had already sanctioned Rs 60 crore for the cleansing of the Bein as recommended by the technical committee constituted for the purpose.

Earlier, Dr Kalam paid obeisance at historical Gurdwara Sant Ghat, where SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar presented him a siropa.





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