India takes a stand against Pakistan’s decision to transfer Kartarpur Sahib’s management

The maintenance body of the resting place of Guru Nanak Dev transferred

Pakistan’s decision to hand over the management of the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara from an existing Sikh body to a separate trust has been termed as ‘highly condemnable’ by India. It determined that the verdict is against the sentiments of the Sikh community.

The Ministry of External Affairs claimed that many members of the Sikh community had approached India and convert the grave and growing concern over the decision to shift the management and maintenance of the Gurudwara to the administrative control of the Evacuee Trust Property Board which is a non-Sikh body.

The maintenance of the Gurudwara had been in the hands of the Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Prabhandhak Committee for decades.

The decision that is taken is viewed in the light of ‘curbing the rights’ of the Sikh community which remains a minority group in Pakistan.

The Kartarpur Gurudwara is located in a local district called Narowal in Pakistan which quite close to the Ravi river. The Gurudwara is a sacred shrine which the resting place of the first guru, Guru Nanak Dev, who was the founder of Sikhism.

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The pathway to reach the Gurudwara was kept open for Indian Sikhs as well even during the growing tensions between India and Pakistan regarding the Kashmir issue.  It was only shut in March 2020 as a precautionary measure for the spread of coronavirus.

Source: Deccan Herald
Written by: Rebecca Ann Gerard