Ghochuchandran's view on Kartarpur corridorOne of the most sacred religious places of the Sikhs lies in today's Pakistan. Guru Nanak stayed at Kartarpur during his last years, which is now known as Dera Baba Nanak (DBN). It is only at a distance of 2 km from the Gurudaspur border. After a continuous effort of the Sikhs all over the world for 71 long years, Pakistan has opened the Kartarpur corridor. Sikh pilgrims can now visit Kartarpur visa-free.
Many Pakistan-lovers in India have been going ga-ga over this step by the Pakistani Government. But, I, Ghochuchandran, feel that this has been done by the Pakistani Government because their existence is at stake. My views on this issue are as under:-
(a) India has always allowed Pakistani pilgrims visit to Ajmer Sharif. No hindrance is created.
(b) India provides medical visa to hundreds of Pakistani patients without any restriction even in most tense environment.
(c) Pakistan has done this to earn some revenue from religious tourism. This would help their economy.
(d) The step is taken by Pakistan to remain in the good book of the USA, who have been asking for opening this corridor.
So, we may not be unduly elated over this issue. We must not give any unjustified concession to Pakistan in exchange of this step of opening this corridor. The Pakistanis may demand many concessions and visa-free visit to some other parts of India, which is not good for Indian security. We must be very careful.
This is Ghochuchandran's personal view.