Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative coin marking the 352nd birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh ji, 10th Sikh Guru, on Sunday in New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion in the presence of former PM Dr Manmohan Singh and a host of prominent Sikh personalities, PM Modi hailed the decision of the government to construct Kartarpur Corridor and promised justice to the families of 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims.
"Kartarpur corridor project is an attempt to atone for the mistakes committed during India's partition in August 1947. We had failed to ensure that the sacred site of Guru remains on our side of the border. This project is authentic proof of compensating that loss," said Prime Minister Modi.
Talking about the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, wherein around 2,700 Sikhs were killed across India, after the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards Satwant Singh and Beant Singh, Prime Minister Modi said: "Our government will ensure that all the culprits are behind the bars and victims' families get justice."
Talking about the values Guru Gobind Singh taught to humanity, Prime Minister Modi said: "Guru Govind Singh, the feeder of humanity to Khalsa sect, was dedicated to Indian culture and traditions."
"Today, I have got a great opportunity to release the commemorative coin to mark the 352nd Parkash Purab of Guru Gobind Singh ji. His coin is already imprinted in our hearts for many years. It is, however, just a small gesture to pay respect and express our faith in his principles. Guru Gobind Singh ji was not only a Guru (teacher) but also a great devotee. He was not only an exceptional fighter, but also a noteworthy poet and creative writer. He was against injustice and a firm supporter of peace. He sacrificed his own son to protect thousands of sons of the nation. Guru Gobind Singh ji is a true example of patriotism, peace, humanity, and patience," Prime Minister Modi added.
(With ANI inputs)