Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh tells Puneet Nicholas Yadav in an interview that he believes Sikhism can provide a healing touch to strained relations between India and Pakistan. Excerpts:
During times of any crises when people of any religious or social minority are under threat, we see Sikhs as a community coming out in solidarity with the oppressed.
A minority community, I think, relates more easily to the suffering of another minority. And the Sikhs, as a community, have faced their own set of suppression and pain, which has sensitised them even more to the anguish of others. Besides, our Gurus, right from Guru Nanak Dev ji, have taught us the importance of seva (service), which, for Sikhs, has become a way of expressing love—a divine principle that is ingrained in our religion.
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