Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative coin today, to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh Guru. The event, at PM Modi's residence, was attended by former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and other Sikh dignitaries.
Targeting the Congress party and with Manmohan Singh in the audience, PM Modi said that the Sikh gurus "taught us to be on the side of justice" and following the path shown by them, the central government is "trying to get justice for the people who suffered during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots."
Raising the issue of Kartarpur Corridor during his speech today, PM Modi, said that followers of Guru Nanak ji now won't have to look through a telescope for darshan (view) of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, a revered Sikh shrine, 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 kilometres away but even then it was ignored," and as an act of "atonement", the central government is helping build the road link to Kartarpur.
Earlier in December, while campaigning for the assembly elections in Rajasthan, PM Modi had said that "correcting Congress' mistakes was my destiny." He alleged that Congress leaders at the time had "no idea about the importance of Guru Nanak Dev" and no respect for Sikh sentiment.
During the inauguration of the corridor in Pakistan, union minister Hardeep Singh Puri, also had blamed the cartographer who made the boundary line, calling it a "fundamental mistake."
The Prime Minister 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.
For the last four years, PM Modi said, his government has been making efforts to spread the cultural heritage of India to the world. "From Yoga to Ayurveda, the country has succeeded in re-establishing its status," said PM Modi.