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NEWDELHI: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Sun­day at­tacked the pre­vi­ous Con­gress gov­ern­ment for its in­abil­ity to bring Kartarpur Sahib un­der In­dia dur­ing Par­ti­tion.

Re­leas­ing a com­mem­o­ra­tive coin as part of the 350th birth an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions of 10th Sikh guru Guru Gobind Singh, Modi also came down on the Con­gress for the 1984 ri­ots that took place fol­low­ing the as­sas­si­na­tion of then Prime Min­is­ter Indira Gandhi.

Re­fer­ring to the Kar­ta­pur Sahib cor­ri­dor, the Prime Min­is­ter said that now devo­tees do not have to look at the shrine in Pak­istan us­ing binoc­u­lars and they could visit the place with­out a visa.

“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 kilo­me­ters away. But it could not be made part [of In­dia dur­ing Par­ti­tion] ... the cor­ri­dor is an ef­fort to re­duce the dam­age,” Prime Min­is­ter Modi said in a veiled at­tack on the then Con­gress gov­ern­ment.

Guru Nanak passed away in Kartarpur on Septem­ber 22, 1539.

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

Modi said be it Guru Nanak or Guru Gobind Singh, they have taught us to be on the side of jus­tice.

Fol­low­ing the path shown by them, the cen­tral gov­ern­ment is try­ing to get jus­tice for the peo­ple who suf­fered dur­ing the 1984 an­ti­Sikh ri­ots, Modi said. “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, the law will de­liver jus­tice, wipe [their] tears,” the PM said.

Modi re­leased a ~350 de­nom­i­na­tion 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 a poet who had im­mense knowl­edge of re­li­gious scrip­tures.

Modi said the gov­ern­ment now plans to cel­e­brate the 550th birth an­niver­sary of Guru Nanak across the coun­try. The PM said while the event will be held across var­i­ous states and Union Ter­ri­to­ries, In­dian em­bassies abroad will also or­gan­ise pro­grammes as part of the cel­e­bra­tions.

Guru Nanak was born in Nankana Sahib, now Pak­istan. Modi said, for the last four years, his gov­ern­ment has been mak­ing com­pre­hen­sive ef­forts to bring the cul­tural and knowl­edge her­itage of In­dia to the world. “From Yoga to Ayurveda, the coun­try has suc­ceeded in re-es­tab­lish­ing its sta­tus. This work con­tin­ues.”

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