Former Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu wrote two letters to Prime Minister Modi with six suggestions and another to Prime Minister Imran Khan with five suggestions, to keep the “sanctity” of Kartarpur Sahib while both countries find ways to build a corridor for the pilgrims to travel with ease.
“The sacredness and serenity of Kartarpur Sahib and Dera Baba Nanak Gurudwara Sahib await the footfalls of our pilgrims. Yet precisely our footfalls have the power to erode the history, architecture and ecology of these sites. We, who revere most their pristine landscape and terrain, must tread lightly to avoid disfigurement in the name of ‘commercialisation’ and ‘tourist comforts’,” he wrote. “We must move primarily on foot with an exception only for elderly, disabled or sick, along with providing accessible amenities such as toilets. Personal transport should be eschewed at all costs,” the letter read.
“The banks of soil once tilled by Baba Nanak and the rapturous water of the well from which he once drank, stand as living symbols of three pillars of Sikhism, ‘Naam Japna – Kirat Karni -Vand Ke Shaknu’ (To meditate on God’s Name – To earn with one’s honest work – To share and consume the very essence of langar- free kitchen)”, he wrote.
Earlier Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the Kartarpur corridor, to facilitate Sikh Pilgrims to visit their holy places. Kartarpur corrodor connects Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur area of Pakistan’s Narowal with Dera Baba Nanak in India’s Gurdaspur District.
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17 November, 2019