The Modi government has given good news for the devotees of the Sikh community just before the Guru Parv. Keeping in mind the Guru Parv, the Modi government has decided to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from tomorrow i.e. 17th November. Union Home Minister Amit Shah himself has given this good news and said that this will benefit a large number of Sikh pilgrims. He said that this decision shows the immense reverence of the Modi government towards Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and our Sikh community. It is worth noting that the Kartarpur Corridor was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2019.
In fact, in the past, BJP leaders of Punjab had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded the opening of the Gurdwara Kartarpur Corridor. The delegation had requested to open this corridor before Guru Nanak Jayanti on November 19, so that devotees can visit the Gurudwara in Pakistan and pay their respects. State President Ashwini Sharma, National Vice President Saudan Singh, General Secretary Tarun Chugh and Dushyant Gautam included a dozen leaders in the BJP delegation that met the Prime Minister. Let us inform that this corridor has been closed since the start of the corona epidemic.
In a major decision, that will benefit large numbers of Sikh pilgrims, PM @Narendramodi govt has decided to re-open the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from tomorrow, Nov 17.
This decision reflects the immense reverence of Modi govt towards Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and our Sikh community.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) November 16, 2021
If we look from the political point of view, then BJP can get the benefit of this in the assembly elections of Punjab. Recently, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi had also appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reopen the Kartar Corridor. He had requested the PM to reopen the Kartar Corridor this month in view of the birth anniversary of Sikh Guru Nanak Dev and Prakash Parv. Last month, the Chief Minister had written a letter to PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah asking that devotees be allowed to visit the Gurudwara.
When was the corridor inaugurated
This corridor was inaugurated on November 9, 2019. In the month of August, Pakistan had banned the travel of 11 countries including India here. Due to the outbreak of the delta variant, Pakistan had put India in the ‘C’ category from 22 May to 12 August. On March 16, 2020, India and Pakistan temporarily banned travel to Kartarpur Sahib in view of Kovid-19.
Why Kartarpur Gurdwara is special for Sikh community
Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan is the holiest place for Sikhs. It is at a distance of 4 kilometers from the Indian border. Guru Nanak of Sikhs had settled Kartarpur and it was here that he breathed his last. Kartarpur Sahib is in the Narowal district of Pakistan, which comes in Punjab. Guru Nanak Dev is said to have spent 17 years of his life here. Kartarpur Gurdwara Sahib was constructed at a cost of Rs 1,35,600. This amount was given by Sardar Bhupinder Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala. It was repaired by the Government of Pakistan in 1995 and was completely renovated in 2004. It is said that this is where the first langar was started. Nanak Dev made Guru Ka Langar such a place where both men and women eat together without any discrimination.