Amid farmer turmoil, Prime Minister Modi pays surprise visit to gurdwara
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Gurdwara Rakab Ganj near the House of Parliament in New Delhi on Sunday and paid tribute to Guru Teg Bahadur, the ninth Sikh guru, in a move seen as part of his outreach to the community amidst the farmers protest in progress. According to a government official, the prime minister decided to pay a visit to the historic gurdwara, without special security arrangements and without prior information to the Sikh shrine about his visit.
“This morning, on a sudden visit, Prime Minister Modi went and bowed his head to Gurdwara Rakab Ganj. He paid tribute to Guru Teg Bahadur for his supreme sacrifice, ”said the official, who did not want to be named.
Normally, a visit by the Prime Minister to any part of the Capital or the country involves a detailed security protocol. It involves a massive police deployment and traffic barriers are put up for your convoy to pass. His visit to Gurdwara Rakab Ganj was devoid of such elaborate arrangements.
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Guru Teg Bahadur is the ninth of the ten Gurus of the Sikh religion. He was martyred on the orders of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in Delhi in the 17th century. He is hailed in historical traditions as a defender of Hindus and Sikhs from oppression. Guru Tegh Bahadur, whose day of martyrdom was observed on Saturday, was cremated at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj.
“This morning, I prayed at the historic Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib, where the pious body of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji was cremated. I felt extremely blessed. I, like millions of people around the world, am deeply inspired by the kindness of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji, ”the prime minister wrote in a tweet.
“It is the special Kripa of the Guru Sahibs that we will mark the special occasion of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji’s 400th Parkash Parv during the tenure of our Government. Let us celebrate this blessed occasion in a historic way and celebrate the ideals of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji, ”he added. Modi also tweeted a similar message in Punjabi.
Modi, wearing a headscarf, was seen praying and also interacting with other worshipers. Some people also clicked on the pictures with the PM.
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The prime minister’s visit to one of the holiest gurdwaras in the national capital takes on significance as it comes amid protests by farmers, especially those in Punjab, against the three agricultural laws enacted by his government in September. Thousands of farmers have gathered on Delhi’s borders since November 26 to protest against the laws.
Political rivals used the visit to the gurdwara to criticize the government.
“Khalistani Leftist Anti-Indian Terrorists Chinese and Pakistani Agents | | The protesters have been dubbed all these labels, but not as farmers. So now PM is heading to Gurudwara Rakabganj to appease all of the above? Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi tweeted.