As India and Pakistan are set to inaugurate the Kartarpur Corridor on November 9, the former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh hoped the 'Kartarpur model' might help in resolving future conflicts.
Addressing a special session of the Punjab Assembly to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, Dr. Singh said, 'Peace and harmony is the only way forward to ensure a prosperous future. The Kartarpur model may be replicated in future too for a lasting resolution of conflicts.'
The Kartarpur Corridor, slated to be opened on November 9, connects the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan--the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev--with Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur of Indian Punjab.
The former PM, who will attend the inaugural ceremony of Kartarpur Corridor in India, also appealed to take forward the message of mutual love and respect propagated by the Guru to ensure an equitable society.
'Punjab is Guru Nanak Devji's karmabhoomi. How will we keep Guru Nanak Devji's legacy alive if its youth is wasted with drugs, water is becoming poisonous and women are being disrespected. It is the most crucial question on his 550th birth anniversary,' Dr. Singh added.
The Vice President, Mr. M Venkaiah Naidu, who was also present at the event, said a new world of peace and sustainable development could be founded if teachings of the Sikh Guru were integrated in daily lives.
'Our world view has been continually broadened by timeless messages of enlightened pathfinders like Guru Nanakji. We, as democratic political leaders, and even as common citizens, have so much to learn from the teachings of this great personality.'