Manmohan by side, PM f lays Cong over ‘the 1947 mistakes’
PRIME Minister Modi on Sunday unleashed a veiled attack on the Congress party for its “inability” to bring Kartarpur Sahib corridor under India during the Partition. PM Modi released a commemorative coin on Sunday to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh Guru. Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and other Sikh dignitaries attended the event at PM Modi's residence.
With Dr Singh in the audience, PM Modi lambasted the Congress on multiple fronts and said, “The Sikh gurus have taught us to be on the side of justice. The central government 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. Some 3,000 Sikhs were killed in New Delhi after the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984.
The Prime Minister also flagged the Kartarpur corridor as an achievement of his government, saying that now the followers of Guru Nanakji will not 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 kilometre 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 against it.
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 his destiny”. The Prime Minister also alleged that the then Congress leaders had “no idea about the importance of Guru Nanak Dev and showed no respect for sentiment of Sikhs”.
The Prime Minister on Sunday also 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,” he said. India Today
The PM described Guru Gobind Singh as a warrior and said that his government now plans to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak across the country.
PM Modi releases a coin to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, with ex-PM Manmohan Singh.