The India Post, Chandigarh, 4th January, 2008 : The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Gen. (Retd.) S.F. Rodrigues, PVSM VSM, in a message on the Gurpurv of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, extended his greetings to the people and called upon them to rededicate themselves to the ideals and goals set out by the great Guru for creating a harmonious society based on values of humanism and secularism.General Rodrigues said that Guru Gobind Singh, a Saint- Soldier, symbolized the virtues of truth, righteousness and universal brotherhood. He was a great warrior and launched a crusade against
social injustice and tyranny of the rulers of those times. The supreme sacrifices made by Sri Guru Gobind Singh, his sons, father and mother for preserving human and secular values are rare in the annals of
mankind. He created the ‘House of khalsa’ on secure and unshakable foundations from which countless millions have, and will continue to, draw inspiration for the service and good of the human race. He was a great visionary and prolific writer, leaving behind a comprehensive legacy for people of all walks of life.
General Rodrigues said that Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s teachings and philosophy is particularly relevant in the present complex and materialistic world. He appealed to the people to celebrate Parkash Utsav of the great spiritual ambassador in a spirit of social harmony, equality and well-being of the people which he preached and practiced through out his life.