Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar Chief MinisterNitish Kumar on Thursday visited the Gurdwara Dera Sahib and several other important historic sites in Lahore. The priest of the Gurdwara touched his feet stating that he has come from the birthplace of Guru Govind Singh, the tenth and the last guru of the Sikhs.
The chief minister wrote in the visitor’s book “I feel greatly elevated and humbled to visit this sacred shrine of Sat Gur Arjun Dev ji, who was martyred here almost five centuries ago. I am overwhelmed to know that people across religious believes in both our countries continue to draw inspiration from this great shrine.”
The Bihar Chief Minister visited the prestigious Government College University in Lahore, where he said the India and Pakistan should combat hunger and poverty rather than fighting each other.
“The modern history of the sub-continent will remain incomplete without a mention of this oldest seat of learning (Government College),” Nitish wrote in the visitor’s book at the College.
“The reputation of the Institution is reflected in the illustrious list of alumni which to my pleasure includes names like former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral, Nobel Laureate Dr Har Gobind Khorana, novelist Khushwant Singh and people like Dev Anand and Balraj Sahni among others,” he wrote.
Nitish, while visiting the Data Darbar in Lahore, said that it was one of the oldest shrines in the sub-continent, which is held in high reverence as a place of contemplation and meditation.
“Data Durbar for me is a monument of peace and harmony, which has guided and will continue to guide and enlighten the people of both countries,” Nitish wrote in the visitor’s book there.
In Lahore he also paid homage to Maharaja Ranjit Singh at his Samadhi.
“Maharaja Ranjit Singh Ji was the last emperor of Punjab who has been likened to Napoleon and has a following which can be rivalled by none among his contemporaries. Humanity and tenderness for life was a trait in the character of Ranjit Singh, whose empire was built on the edifice of secularism and none of the subjects were discriminated against on account of their religions,” Nitish wrote in the visitor's book at the Samadhi.
“Maharaja Ranjit Singh Ji’s model of secular and welfare state continues to be relevant even in the present times and I feel greatly inspired to visit the Samadhi,” he added.
In Lahore Pakistan Muslim Leagure (Nawaz) chief and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif hosted a dinner for him and members of his delegation at his Raiwind residence. He too praised Nitish for introducing institutional reforms in Bihar, making efforts to ensure supremacy of law, providing infrastructure and enhancing economic growth.