Jathedar Kuldeep Singh Wadala from Jalandhar has been instrumental in leading ‘jathas’ to Gurdwara Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur for ‘ardas’ seeking four kilometer corridor between India and Pakistan
Jalandhar: In an unprecedented move, the Pakistan Government has made a beautiful documentary on the historic ‘Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib’, in its Kartarpur town highlighting the demand for the four kilometer long safe corridor between Dera Baba Nanak on the Indian side to Pakistan.
Striking an emotional bond with the Sikhs across the world, the eight-minute long documentary made by Directorate of Electronic Media and Publication, Ministry of Information and National Heritage, Pakistan Government was shared by ‘Sangat Langah Kartarpur’ website in Indian side of Punjab. It has rekindled the hopes of the Sikhs that the Indian Government could rethink on this demand after Pakistan’s government’s friendly gesture.
In the documentary, the Pakistan government has highlighted that how they had always accepted Sikhs with open arms, with foolproof security and facilities at Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib. It has also mentioned that the Punjab Government (India) had passed a resolution on October 1, 2010 agreeing to the demand of corridor but the Indian government was yet to take a decision in this regard for the last 12 years.
Akali leader Jathedar Kuldeep Singh Wadala has been single handedly leading ‘jathas’ for monthly ‘ardas’ at Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur for a ‘corridor’ between Dera Baba Nanak in India to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sanibel in Pakistan. Till date, Jathedar Wadala has led more than 150 jathas for ardas at Dera Baba Nanak, which was the ‘Corridor Point’ from where Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib was visible with naked eyes. Notably, the first of this series ‘ardas’ was performed on April 13, 2001, though informal efforts were on in this direction since long.
Talking to Daily Post, BS Goraya, who has been associated with Jathedar Kuldeep Singh Wadala in conducting ardas said, “The documentary was brought to my notice by a Pakistani friend Mustafa Dogar, which is pious and a first of its kind initiative of the Pakistan government. We whole heartedly welcome Pakistan government’s move and hope that the Indian government would take the much needed move in this direction.”
Goraya said that if the Indian government agreed to open the four kilometer corridor, it would boost friendly ties between India and Pakistan. “It would also give a boost to the financial and tourism sector in both the countries, as devotees would visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib and return back to India on the same day within a day”, he added.
It is pertinent to mention here that currently, the Sikh devotees visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib by covering a distance of 400 kilometers which include- Dera Baba Nanak, Amritsar, Attari, Wagah on Indian side, then via Lahore, Narowal and Kartarpur on Pakistan side.
A documentary well made
The documentary has shown an aerial view of the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib- the holiest of the Sikh shrines founded by Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism in the year 1515. Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur is situated in Narowal district, tehsil Shakargarh of Pakistan. The gurdwara is built on the historic site, where Guru Nanak Dev died on September 22, 1539.
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