Modi has initiated a series of efforts to reach out to the Sikh community especially those in Punjab, following widespread anger against the central government over the contentious farm laws, now withdrawn.
The Sikh community has become a strong link between India and the outside world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said even as he termed the Indian diaspora, of which the community is a significant part, as “rashtradoot”.
“The New India is touching new dimensions, leaving its mark on the entire world. This period of Covid pandemic is the biggest example of this. At the beginning of this, people were expressing concerns about whether India would be able to deal with the pandemic. But, now people are giving examples of India everywhere,” Modi said while hosting a Sikh delegation at his official residence on Friday evening.
Modi, who recently addressed from the Red Fort at an event to commemorate the ninth Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur, added: “Our Gurus have taught us courage and service. The people of India went to different parts of the world without any resources and achieved success through their labour. This is the spirit of New India today.”
Modi has initiated a series of efforts to reach out to the Sikh community especially those in Punjab, following widespread anger against the central government over the contentious farm laws, now withdrawn. Besides the opening of Kartarpur corridor, Modi has announced a series of decisions to honour Sikh Gurus.
The Prime Minister had announced that December 26 will be observed as ‘Veer Baal Diwas’ as a tribute to the sons of the 10th Guru who attained martyrdom fighting the Mughals under Aurangzeb. The Modi government also commemorated the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Guru Tegh Bahadur, who was executed by the Mughals for protesting against the persecution of Kashmiri Pandits.
The PM, earlier this year, had met another Sikh delegation that included eminent personalities from the community, and the meeting was described by the delegation as “like a hug” to the community.