Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called for upholding the teachings and values of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. He was participating in the special event organised at Dera Baba Nanak on the occasion of the inauguration of the Integrated Check Post (ICP) and the Kartarpur Corridor. He also released commemorative coin celebrating 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
Addressing a large gathering the Prime Minister said that he feels honoured to dedicate the Kartapur Corridor to the nation at the holy site of Dera Baba Nanak.
The Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee earlier felicitated the Prime Minister with the Quami Seva Award. Prime Minister said that he is dedicating it to the lotus feet of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
Prime Minister said the inauguration of the ICP and the Kartarpur Corridor on the occasion of 550th Guru Nanak Jayanti is a blissful blessing which would now ease the travel to Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan.
Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to the SGPC, the Government of Punjab and also those who built the corridor in a record time frame to facilitate the movement of the pilgrims across the border. Prime Minister also expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan and all those on the other side of the border who made this possible.
Prime Minister described Guru Nanak Dev Ji as an inspiration not only to India but also the whole world. He said Guru Nanak Dev Ji is not only a Guru, but a philosophy, and as pillar of support for our living. He said that Guru Nanak Dev Ji taught us the importance of living by true values and also gave an economic system based on honesty and self-confidence.
Prime Minister said Guru Nanak Dev Ji taught about equality, brotherhood and unity in the society and that he fought for removing various social evils.
Describing Kartarpur as a holy place filled with the divine aura of Nanak Dev Ji, Prime Minister said this corridor would help thousands of devotees and pilgrims.
Prime Minister said in the last five years the Government is trying to protect the country’s rich heritage and culture. And on the occasion of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, he said several programmes are being held across the country and the world through our Embassies.
He recalled that 350th Guru Gobind Singh birth anniversary was celebrated across the country. He mentioned that a 750 bed modern hospital was built at Jamnagar in Gujarat in the honour of Guru Gobind Singh ji.
Prime Minister said the Guru Vani is being translated is various world languages to benefit the younger generations with the help of the UNESCO. He mentioned that Sultan Pur lodhi is being developed as a heritage town and a special train is launched connecting all the important sites linked to Guru Nanak Ji. He said amongst Akal Takth, Dam Dama Sahib, Tejpur Sahib, Keshgarh Sahib, Patna Sahib and Huzoor Sahib the train and air Connectivity is being strengthened. And between Amritsar and Nanded a special flight has begun offering its services. Similarly on the Air India flight from Amritsar to London the Ek Omkar message is being played.
Prime Minister said the Union Government has taken one more major decision, which benefited many Sikh families living all over the world. The difficulties faced for several years by many of those living abroad to come to India have been removed. Now many families can apply for Visa and OCI Cards. They can meet their relatives in India easily and visit the pilgrim centres.
He said two more decisions of Union Government have also helped the Sikh Community. One is the removing of Art 370. It would now help the Sikh community in J&K and Leh and they would get the same rights as others citizens of the country. Similarly the Citizenship Amendment bill will now make it easy for Sikhs to become citizens of the country.
He said From Guru Nanak Dev Ji to Guru Gobind Ji, several Spiritual Gurus have dedicated their lives for unity, security of India. Many Sikhs dedicated their lives for independence in India. Centre has taken several steps to recognise this. He mentioned that the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial is being modernised. New focus is on Sikh Students to improve their skills and self-employment. In this context, he mentioned that about 27 lakh Sikh students were given scholarships.