Union Minister Smriti Irani on Thursday urged young people to use technology and education as their “weapons” to protect their country and religion. Addressing an event at Delhi University’s Khalsa College here on Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur’s 401st Prakash Purab, Irani noted that education is “very important” to lead a life free from malevolence and envy. ”Religious leaders have taught the world to live without wickedness or envy. And living without fear and without envy is only possible when you are educated. Does this education mean that an institution which is a college? Maybe not, it’s a pinnacle of an education,” said the Union Minister for Women and Child Development. ”If today, we asked young people what weapon they would take to protect their country and their religion. I ask for the blessing for these gurus that you don’t need any weapon but technology and education… They (young people) should only make technology and education their weapons’, she said.
During the event, Irani also berated the students in the audience who were screaming and laughing, saying it was “not a joyful occasion but a reminder of a sacrifice” by the ninth Sikh Guru. ”There were students who laughed and giggled when some elders spoke up. We are here to remember the saint whose name is associated with this college – Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur. Those who find it funny should understand that there is a big difference between sacrificing for religion and sacrificing for religion,” she said. The event was also attended by Jaswinder Singh, Principal of Khalsa College, Majinder Singh Sirsa of BJP, Harmeet Singh Kalka, Chairman of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), Jagdip Singh Kahlon, Secretary General of DSGMC, and Prakash Singh, campus director DU South Campus, among others. Principal Jaswinder Singh said Guru Tegh Bahadur had made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting freedom of speech and religion. ”The event was organized to celebrate the 401st Prakash Purab of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur. The supreme sacrifice made by the ninth guru is known throughout the world. He made the ultimate sacrifice in this city while protecting freedom of speech and protecting freedom of choice of religion,” he said.
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