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Dec 06, 2018 05:32 PM IST | Economy

Kartarpur Corridor is now a reality

The inauguration of the Sikh shrine at Kartarpur in Pakistan has given a new hope for India-Pakistan relations and for lakhs of pilgrims to visit the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev.

The proposed religious corridor, which will have four kilometers from the Indian side of Gurdaspur in Gurdaspur district and three kilometers from Pakistan’s Kartarpur in Narowal district, will include the bridge across the river Ravi.

Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism spent his last 18 years preaching and farming at Kartarpur village, Pakistan till he passed away in 1539.

The original Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur was destroyed by floods. Later, Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala, grandfather of current Punjab chief minister Amrinder Singh, reconstructed the shrine to its current form. The shrine was renovated again during the time of Pakistan's former dictator General Pervez Musharraf as it went unnoticed for years.

In 1999, former Prime Minister (PM) Atal Bihari Vajpayee and then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had a talk on opening the corridor and sending Sikh pilgrims to Kartarpur. Later, former PM Manmohan Singh also spoke to Musharraf, but the work didn’t progress except the building of integrated check-post at Wagah border on the Indian side for the Sikh pilgrims.

Recently, Punjab tourism minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu was invited to the oath taking ceremony of newly elected PM of Pakistan, Imran Khan. After facing criticism for receiving a hug from General Qamar Javed Bajwa, chief of the Pakistan army, Sidhu claimed that Bajwa had assured him of opening the corridor before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. Khan, in a press-conference to Indian journalist, said, “...the only way forward is peace..."

Common faces, common culture, similar food and habits separated by the Radcliff line makes us two countries in logger heads due to various strategic issues. My images are a testimony of the historical event which all Indian Sikhs once thought was an out of reach idea. Today not only the government or the community but the world seems hopeful to see a new relationship between Indian and Pakistan.

A Pakistan army officer from Punjab regiment helps a Sikh woman at the crowded doorway of the shrine.
A Pakistan army officer from Punjab regiment helps a Sikh woman at the crowded doorway of the shrine.
Around 3,000 Sikh pilgrims from India, Pakistan and the rest of the world recently poured in to Kartarpur.
Around 3,000 Sikh pilgrims from India, Pakistan and the rest of the world recently poured in to Kartarpur.
Sikh pilgrims from India get down to relieve themselves as Pakistan Rangers keep guard at Gujrenwala on the way to Narowal in Kartarpur.
Sikh pilgrims from India get down to relieve themselves as Pakistan Rangers keep guard at Gujrenwala on the way to Narowal in Kartarpur.
A Sikh man outside a Gurudwara is seen carrying a sword (Kripan), one of the five articles of faith.
A Sikh man outside a Gurudwara is seen carrying a sword (Kripan), one of the five articles of faith.
From Right to Left: Pilgrims Baldev Singh, Puran Singh and Birsa Singh from Sirhind, Indian Punjab visit the holy shrine in Kartarpur.
From Right to Left: Pilgrims Baldev Singh, Puran Singh and Birsa Singh from Sirhind, Indian Punjab visit the holy shrine in Kartarpur.
Pilgrims Bhupinder Singh, Swarup Singh and Son Singh from Anandpur Sahib in India visiting Kartapur.
Pilgrims Bhupinder Singh, Swarup Singh and Son Singh from Anandpur Sahib in India visiting Kartapur.
Punjab Rangers and local police conduct regular checks to avoid unprecedented incidents including terrorism. Pakistan believes terrorism is one of its biggest threats.
Punjab Rangers and local police conduct regular checks to avoid unprecedented incidents including terrorism. Pakistan believes terrorism is one of its biggest threats.
Pilgrims from Amritsar, Sukhveer Singh and Lakwinder Kaur at Kartarpur to pray at the holy shrine.
Pilgrims from Amritsar, Sukhveer Singh and Lakwinder Kaur at Kartarpur to pray at the holy shrine.
Pilgrims from all over the world, especially India and Pakistan travel to Kartarpur each year to offer their prayers at the holy shrine.
Pilgrims from all over the world, especially India and Pakistan travel to Kartarpur each year to offer their prayers at the holy shrine.
People wait in long queues to get to the shrine complex in Pakistan's Kartarpur.
People wait in long queues to get to the shrine complex in Pakistan's Kartarpur.
Sikh children from Khalsa school look at their teacher Balwant Singh at Kartarpur.
Sikh children from Khalsa school look at their teacher Balwant Singh at Kartarpur.
Sikh pilgrims try to get in through a small passageway.
Sikh pilgrims try to get in through a small passageway.
Muslims believe that Guru Nanak Dev, who formed Sikhism, was a manifestation of Hindus and Muslims. A tomb is created inside the shrine as it is believed that He rests there.
Muslims believe that Guru Nanak Dev, who formed Sikhism, was a manifestation of Hindus and Muslims. A tomb is created inside the shrine as it is believed that He rests there.
Sikh pilgrims are seen offering prayers inside the Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur shrine.
Sikh pilgrims are seen offering prayers inside the Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur shrine.
Pilgrims gather around the 'Darbar Sahib' inside the shrine. Sikhs and Hindus believe that Guru Nanak Dev was laid to rest here. The shrine also has the 'Guru Granth Sahib' which offers the teaching of Sikhism and is considered the holy book of Sikhs.
Pilgrims gather around the 'Darbar Sahib' inside the shrine. Sikhs and Hindus believe that Guru Nanak Dev was laid to rest here. The shrine also has the 'Guru Granth Sahib' which offers the teaching of Sikhism and is considered the holy book of Sikhs.
Sikhs practice 'Langar' or open kitchen to feed devotees and those hungry. Many devotees volunteer to work in the open kitchen.
Sikhs practice 'Langar' or open kitchen to feed devotees and those hungry. Many devotees volunteer to work in the open kitchen.
People queue in front of bathrooms outside the shrine complex in Kartarpur.
People queue in front of bathrooms outside the shrine complex in Kartarpur.
Security is primary in this border village and senior Pakistan Army officials have been given strict instructions to maintain a cordial relationship.
Security is primary in this border village and senior Pakistan Army officials have been given strict instructions to maintain a cordial relationship.
Muslim men can be seen praying outside the shrine complex while Sikh women pass by. Muslims and Sikhs coexist homogeneously in Pakistan's Kartarpur.
Muslim men can be seen praying outside the shrine complex while Sikh women pass by. Muslims and Sikhs coexist homogeneously in Pakistan's Kartarpur.
The proposed Kartarpur corridor area where buses would be parked outside and the iron gate that would regulate devotees and visitors.
The proposed Kartarpur corridor area where buses would be parked outside and the iron gate that would regulate devotees and visitors.
Baldev Singh Rai from Himachal Pradesh changed Indian rupee to Pakistani rupee for using it for donation at the 'Darbar Sahib' in Kartarpur, Pakistan.
Baldev Singh Rai from Himachal Pradesh changed Indian rupee to Pakistani rupee for using it for donation at the 'Darbar Sahib' in Kartarpur, Pakistan.
Sikh pilgrim breaks for vegetarian lunch near 'Darbar Sahib.'
Sikh pilgrim breaks for vegetarian lunch near 'Darbar Sahib.'
Minstrel singers Saccha Singh and Buta Singh from the Nihang community of Sikhs interact with the press. They live in Golden Temple, Amritsar.
Minstrel singers Saccha Singh and Buta Singh from the Nihang community of Sikhs interact with the press. They live in Golden Temple, Amritsar.
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