Modi slams Con­gress for 1984 anti-Sikh ri­ots

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Hav­ing sounded the poll bu­gle for the com­ing Lok Sabha polls by putting be­fore the peo­ple a choice of whether they want a “maz­boot” or a “ma­j­boor” sarkar (hint­ing at a “ma­ha­gath­band­han” of the Op­po­si­tion par­ties), Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi at­tacked the erst­while Con­gress gov­ern­ment on Sun­day for its fail­ure to bring Kartarpur Sahib un­der In­dia’s ju­ris­dic­tion dur­ing 1947’s Par­ti­tion.

Re­leas­ing a com­mem­o­ra­tive coin as part of the 350th birth an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions of Guru

■ RE­FER­RING TO the Kar­ta­pur Sahib cor­ri­dor, he said now devo­tees do not have to look at the shrine in Pak­istan us­ing binoc­u­lars and they could visit the place with­out visa us­ing the cor­ri­dor.

Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh guru, Mr Modi also tar­geted the Con­gress over the 1984 ri­ots that fol­lowed the as­sas­si­na­tion of then Prime Min­is­ter Indira Gandhi.

Re­fer­ring to the Kar­ta­pur Sahib cor­ri­dor, he said now devo­tees do not have to look at the shrine in Pak­istan us­ing binoc­u­lars, and they could visit the place with­out visas by us­ing the cor­ri­dor. “A mis­take took place in Au­gust 1947. It (the cor­ri­dor) is an atone­ment of the mis­take. An im­por­tant place of our guru was only a few km away. But it could not be made part (of In­dia dur­ing Par­ti­tion)... The cor­ri­dor is an ef­fort to re­duce the dam­age,” he said in a veiled at­tack on then Con­gress gov­ern­ment.

Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, had passed away at Kartarpur on Septem­ber 22, 1539.

■ THE PM said the gov­ern­ment now plans to cel­e­brate the 550th birth an­niver­sary of Guru

Nanak across In­dia.

Hav­ing sounded the poll bu­gle for the com­ing Lok Sabha polls by putting be­fore the peo­ple a choice of whether they want a “maz­boot” or a “ma­j­boor” sarkar (hint­ing at a “ma­ha­gath­band­han” of the Op­po­si­tion par­ties), Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi at­tacked the erst­while Con­gress gov­ern­ment on Sun­day for its fail­ure to bring Kartarpur Sahib un­der In­dia’s ju­ris­dic­tion dur­ing 1947’s Par­ti­tion.

For­mer Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh, for­mer Chief Jus­tice of In­dia J.S. Khe­har and many Sikh lead­ers were present at the PM’s res­i­dence to par­tic­i­pate in the event.

Mr Modi said be it Guru Nanak or Guru Gobind Singh, they had taught us to be on the side of jus­tice. Fol­low­ing the path shown by them, the Cen­tre, he said, was try­ing to get jus­tice for those who had suf­fered dur­ing the 1984 an­ti­Sikh ri­ots. “The Cen­tral gov­ern­ment is mak­ing ef­forts to get jus­tice for the pe­riod of in­jus­tice which started in 1984. For decades, moth­ers, sis­ters, daugh­ters and sons have shed tears, now the law will de­liver jus­tice, wipe (their) tears,” the PM said, re­fer­ring to the ri­ots that took place after the as­sas­si­na­tion of then PM Indira Gandhi.

The Prime Min­is­ter re­leased a `350 com­mem­o­ra­tive sil­ver coin to mark the 350th birth an­niver­sary of Guru Gobind Singh. He de­scribed the founder of the Khalsa sect as a war­rior and poet who had im­mense knowl­edge of re­li­gious scrip­tures.

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