4 Jan : The 10th Auto Expo will open at New Delhi on Tuesday with over ten global launches and previews of small and green cars by the likes of Honda and Toyota during the week-long event -billed as the world’s biggest in terms of footfall.
“The Indian auto expo has been gaining stature with international original equipment manufacturers will be launching their global models as they do in other auto shows in the world,” Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) President Pawan Goenka told reporters.
He said over ten global launches and a total 50 new launches, which includes variants of different existing models, will be held during the expo.
Companies like Honda and Toyota are expected to launch global concept of their compact cars, while the expo will also see automobile companies showcasing their green technologies.
Earlier last month, SIAM Director General Dilip Chenoy had stated the expo will “possibly be the largest in terms of footfalls”, and it could be the third biggest after Frankfurt and Shanghai in terms of participants.
“This will be the largest show ever held at Pragati Maidan and the largest auto expo ever held in India,” Auto Expo Steering Committee Chairman Rajive Kaul said.
A total of 2,105 participants, including 800 from overseas, will be taking part in the expo showcasing their products in 1.25 lakh sq mt of area that is expected to attract nearly 20 lakh visitors.
Around 18 lakh people are expected to visit the expo this year, which has been shortened by two days compared to the previous one held in 2008, in the face of global slowdown.
“… we are reducing the duration of the expo by two days. This has been done on feedback from participants and members, and it is for cutting expenditure due to economic condition,” Kaul had said last month.
While the Tata Nano was the star attraction of the last auto expo, this time the company will be launching four new models in different vehicle categories.
Maruti Suzuki India will launch its new multi-purpose vehicle Eeco.
Volkswagen will introduce much-awaited Polo in the Indian market.
His father, Guru Tegh Bahadur, had sacrificed his life to protect the freedom of worship by Hindus, who were being threatened with conversion or death by zealous Muslim rulers.
Abduction of women and pillage of goods were rampant, but the people were too timid and terrorised to resist. In the midst of this political situation, Guru Gobind Singh gained great stature as both Saint and soldier, a leader of firm spiritual principles and intense devotion to God, and at the same time, fearless dedication to protect people from oppression and injustice through the practice of Kshatradharma.
In 1699, he dramatically initiated five men from the lower castes as His Five Beloveds, blessing them with great courage as well as nearness to God. They became models for the Khalsa, the Order of the Pure, which Guru Gobind Singh created to stand on the front line against injustice. The Khalsa were held to a very strict moral and spiritual discipline and under Guru Gobind Singh’s courageous inspiration, helped to turn the tide against Mughal oppression in India.
In addition to his spiritual and military leadership, Guru Gobind Singh was a gifted intellectual and had many poets in his court. He was inspired to write many powerful spiritual compositions that infused a martial spirit in the people.
This included the Jaap Sahib, but he did not include them in the Sikh scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib. His writings have instead been collected in a separate volume, called the Dasam Granth. Upon his passing away, he instructed his Sikhs to regard the Guru Granth Sahib as their teacher.
‘Granth’ literally means ‘volume’ (especially, a Holy volume). ‘Sahib’ is a term of reverence used for anything sacred. The Guru Granth Sahib is the perpetual guru of the Sikhs today.