BuzzBytes Delhi 03 Jan 2024:
In a symbolic initiative for peace and spiritual unity, a 10-member delegation from Aaghaz-e-Dosti, representing various Indian cities, undertook a journey to Kartarpur Sahib on New Year’s Day. The delegation, led by renowned academician Prof. Jagmohan Singh and social activist Surrender Pal Singh, aimed to offer prayers for world peace and strengthen the spiritual connect between India and Pakistan.
Aaghaz-e-Dosti highlighted Kartarpur’s significance as the first visa-free corridor, emphasizing its role as a symbol of peacebuilding and cooperation between the two nations. The statement expressed optimism despite disagreements, underlining the positive outlook shared by states on both sides. Kartarpur, completing three years since its opening, has become a conduit for thousands of families and devotees, fostering opportunities for reunions and prayers at the revered Gurudwara.
Prof. Jagmohan Singh, popularly known as the nephew of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, spoke about Guru Nanak’s universal teachings of peace and love, connecting not only Sikhs but all peace-loving individuals. He called attention to the potential of spiritual connections, citing places like Nizamuddin Shrine, Katasraj Temple, Hinglaj Mata Temple, Ajmer Shrine, and others that could further strengthen people-to-people ties.
Surrender Pal Singh highlighted Kartarpur as a meeting ground for India and Pakistan, echoing Guru Nanak’s message of oneness and unity. He shared insights about a majar in Kartarpur where Muslims also offer prayers to Guru Nanak, emphasizing the inclusive spirit of the revered site.
Nitin Mittoo, Aaghaz-e-Dosti Coordinator, emphasized the corridor’s role in providing an opportunity for Indians and Pakistanis to witness their similarities and shared history. Mittoo expressed the organization’s commitment to frequent delegations to Kartarpur, promoting people-to-people interactions and understanding.
The delegation included social workers Avanish Vashisth, Chandar Mohan, Arun Kumar, Chaturbhuj Para, Vibhuti, and Radhika. Aaghaz-e-Dosti plans to continue these initiatives, acknowledging the convenience of visa-free travel to Kartarpur and advocating for easier travel to more places of historical and cultural significance.