"1947 Mistake": PM's Kartarpur Dig With Manmohan Singh In Audience

After releasing coin on Guru Gobind Singh, PM Modi raised Kartarpur corridor issue and said his government is rectifying the "mistakes" of 1947

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PM Modi releases coin on Guru Gobind Singh's birth anniversary, Former PM Manmohan Singh at event


New Delhi: 

Highlights

  1. PM released commemorative coin on birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh
  2. Kartarpur Corridor an act of "atonement" for 1947 Congress' mistake: PM
  3. He said he is trying to get justice for those who suffered the 1984 riots

Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative coin today to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh Guru. The event, at PM Modi's residence, was attended by former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and other Sikh dignitaries.

With Dr Singh in the audience, PM Modi targeted the Congress on multiple fronts, saying the Sikh gurus "taught us to be on the side of justice". The central government, he said, is "trying to get justice for the people who suffered during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots".

Sikhs have regarded the conviction of former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots as a case of delayed justice. Around 3,000 Sikhs were killed in Delhi in the days after then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi  was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984.

Today, PM Modi also flagged the Kartarpur Corridor as an achievement of his government, saying the followers of Guru Nanak ji now won't have to look through a telescope for darshan (view) of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, one of the holiest Sikh shrines, where Guru Nanak Dev spent 18 years of his life.

Claiming that the "mistake" of 1947 has been rectified, PM Modi said that the "most significant Sikh shrine" was "just a few kilometres away but even then it was ignored," and as an act of "atonement", the central government is helping build the road link to Kartarpur.

Pakistan has expressed hopes that the Kartarpur corridor will lead to bilateral talks, but India has been firm. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said a dialogue between the two nations "is not connected with only the Kartarpur corridor... The moment Pakistan stops terrorist activities in India, the dialogue can start".

In December, while campaigning for the assembly elections in Rajasthan, PM Modi had said "correcting the Congress' mistakes was my destiny." He alleged that Congress leaders at the time had "no idea about the importance of Guru Nanak Dev" and no respect for Sikh sentiment.

The Prime Minister described Guru Gobind Singh as a warrior and a poet and said his government now plans to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak across the country. Not only events will be held in the states, Indian embassies abroad will also organise programmes as part of the celebrations.

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