The Golden Temple, the holiest site in Sikhism, has been providing 50,000-75,000 individuals with a fresh vegetarian meal everyday during the pandemic.
Hindu nationalists’ attempt to brand dissent as “anti-national” is a well-worn diversionary tactic, and has been deployed against religious minorities of every stripe to devastating effect.
At least 700 pilgrims and more in the coming days are expected to pass through the border into Pakistan without a visa to pray at the shrine of the founder of their religion, Guru Nanak.
The two countries plan to give special permits to pilgrims to access the shrine of Guru Nanak through a corridor built on both sides of the border every day beginning next month.
Many Indian Sikhs believe that peace between India and Pakistan is possible because people from both the countries share common history and culture, and they get along very well.
Could the opening of the Kartarpur Crossing, to facilitate the Sikh community on both sides of the Pakistan-India border, be a step towards talks or initiating a peace process? The Indian media and the Indian government are not interested.
Security alert triggered across Punjab state after two masked men lob a grenade toward the hall belonging to the Nirankari spiritual group at a village on the outskirts of Amritsar, killing three people and wounding between 15-20 others, police say.
The Sikh minority in the country has been living on the edge ever since extremists began to target them.
Guru Nanak was the first Guru of the Sikhs and every year Sikhs gather to celebrate his birth, in what is one of the most sacred event for Sikhs.
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