KARTARPUR COR­RI­DOR WILL ATONE FOR SINS OF PAR­TI­TION: PM

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Press Trust of In­dia

NEW DELHI: 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, he said that now devo­tees do not have to look at the shrine in Pak­istan us­ing binoc­u­lars and they could visit the place with­out 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,” he 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.

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