OF QUEBEC HONORS PROF DEVINDER SINGH CHAHAL
Montreal, Canada, March 15, 2009
Dr. Prof. D.S. Chahal
The Punjabi Association of Quebec (PAQ) is committed to volunteerism
to help the humanity. The PAQ assists the Punjabi youth in exploiting
their potential to achieve their goals. Besides acknowledging the
importance of family and Punjabi culture it is committed to make
its members to understand the Quebecois and Canadian culture. It
owns a building at 1011- 90th Avenue, LaSalle, PQ. A part of this
is rented and the other is used as an office. The basement is used
for holding meetings. It is also used by the Punjabi youth for discussions
and also for practicing Bhangra and other dances.
The PAQ has been disseminating Punjabi culture among the Punjabi
community and other communities of Quebec by holding Vaisakhi Festival
every year by performing Giddha, Bhangra and recitation of Punjabi
poetry since 1985. The PAQ is not lacking behind in organizing Punjabi
sports, especially Kabbadi – a sport of its own kind.
The PAQ held its annual dinner party on February 28, 2008 at the
Civic Center, St. Laurent, Quebec. The following dignities were
the Guests of Honor:
Honorable Mr Stephen Dion, Member of Parliament; Honorable Madam
Raymonde Folco, Member of Parliament, Laval-Les Iles; Honorable,
Guy Ouellette, Member of Assembly of Quebec, Deputy Transport Minister
of Government of Quebec; Honorable Mr Bernard Patry, Member of Parliament,
Pierrefonds-Dollard; Mr Allen Desousa, Mayer of Borough of St. Laurent
and Madam Mary Doros, Member of Executive Committee, Borrow of Montreal.
All the Guests of Honor spoke about the contributions of the Punjabi
Community for building the economy of Quebec and Canada and for
making the people of Quebec aware of the Punjabi Culture.
Hon. Madam Raymonde Folco, MP honored Prof Devinder Singh Chahal,
President, Institute for Understanding Sikhism on behalf of the
PAQ for his invaluable services to the Punjabi Community of Montreal.
Thereafter, Prof Chahal on behalf of the Institute for Understanding
Sikhism (IUS) presented his book, NANAKIAN PHILOSOPHY: Basics for
Humanity, to Hon. Madam Raymonde Folco. MP, Liberal Party. Later
on all the Guests of Honor were presented a copy of the same book
on behalf of the IUS in the presence of the executive of the Punjabi
Association of Quebec (PAQ).
The Guests of Honor and the members of Punjabi Community were entertained
with dances by a professional dancer and with Punjabi Bhangra by
the students of local universities during dinner time.
Prof Chahal, the author of the book, NANAKIAN PHILOSOPHY: Basics
for Humanity, has discussed philosophy of Guru Nanak in this book.
It starts with explanation of the Commencing Verse of the Holy Granth
of the Sikhs called Aad Guru Granth Sahib followed by the Concept
of God, God vs Science, ‘Origin of Universe’, Hukm –
The Laws of Nature’, ‘Astrology’, and ‘Vedas
and Yuga’, Food Fads, Life, Death and Soul, After Death –
Heaven and Hell and finally ‘Nanakian Philosophy for World
Peace’. This book will make the Guests of Honor aware of the
philosophy of Guru Nanak which has all the characteristics to be
accepted as universal philosophy.