New Delhi: On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi compared Kartarpur Sahib corridor, with the Berlin Wall that divided East and West Germany before it was pulled down in 1989. PM Modi made the comparison soon after the union cabinet announced the development of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor. Making the comparison PM Modi said that the Kartarpur Corridor will surely act as a bridge between the people of India and Pakistan if the Wall will fall.
“Had anyone ever thought that the Berlin Wall would fall. Maybe with the blessings of Guru Nanak Devji, this Kartarpur corridor will not just remain a corridor, but act as a bridge between the peoples of the two countries,” PM Modi said while addressing an event in New Delhi at a Gurupurab function at the residence of Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Sometime from now, demands regarding building a corridor linking it with Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district of Punjab have come up. Kartarpur Sahib is situated in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province and is a Sikh place of worship where Guru Nanak is believed to have spent the last 18 years of his life.
In response to the demands, union cabinet on Thursday gave the permission for the development of the corridor from Dera Baba Nanak to the International Border. On the other hand, a communication to the Pakistan government was also sent by the Ministry of External Affairs. The External Affairs Ministry has urged to construct a suitable corridor in its territory from the International Border to Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib.
On the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the Pakistan government agreed to open the Kartarpur Corridor in 2019.
“When I was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, I ordered to reconstruct the sacred place where Guru Nanak’s “padukaon” had been kept. The place had got damaged due to the earthquake. Today, it has become a site of “World Heritage”. With the blessing of Guru Nanak Dev-Ji, Kartarpur Corridor is not only a corridor, but it also could be a reason to connect people,” PM Modi said.
In 1961, the Berlin Wall was built and was pulled down on November 9, 1989. The fall of the wall marked the beginning of the German unification, which was completed in 1990.