What is the significance of the Kartarpur Sahib Pilgrim Corridor? Explain the issues involved in its construction.
Published: May 30, 2019
The gurdwara in Kartarpur is on the bank of the river Ravi. It is about 120 km northeast of Lahore. It was here thatï¿½Guru Nanak assembled a Sikh communityï¿½and lived for 18 years until his death in 1539.
The union government has approved the building and development of theï¿½Kartarpur corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to the international border, in order to facilitate pilgrims from India to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur .
Significance of the corridor:
- It will provide smooth and easy passage having all the modern amenities
- Government of Pakistan will be urged to recognize the sentiments of the Sikh community and to develop a corridor with suitable facilities in their territory as well
- It willï¿½provide visa-free access to the shrine
- The corridor can be considered aï¿½big development in the India-Pakistan deadlocks.
- It will serve cross-border exchanges based on faith, which could provide a balm for many communities.
Issues involved in construction of the corridor:
- The corridor might be used by Pakistan to undermine India’s security
- Gurdwaras in Pakistan have been used for aï¿½pro-Khalistan campaign.
- Pakistanï¿½s intent remains suspect and the corridor can be misused by both state and non-state actors.
Both sides should start working on the corridor as soon as possible. It is important that issues related to the corridor are managed in a non-political manner.
Model Questions Category: 053 - Indias Foreign Policy Neighbourhood International Relations