14 June, 2021

Will Pakistan Ride Kartarpur To Revive Sinister Call For Khalistan?

Video on Sikh pilgrims visiting a Pakistani gurdwara with a poster of 'Khalistan 2020' written on it has irked India

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A picture of the gloriously lit up Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan
Photograph by PTI
Will Pakistan Ride Kartarpur To Revive Sinister Call For Khalistan?

The basic tenet of secularism may well stress on the need to keep religion separate from politics. But in the subcontinent’s contemporary history the two have inextricably linked, especially when it comes to India-Pakistan relations. On occ­­a­­sion, their mingling has created situations whose impact has been felt beyond the shores of South Asia.

As the hype and excitement over the opening of the Kartarpur corridor linking two holy Sikh shrines—Dera Baba Nanak Sahib in India with Kar­t­arpur Sahib in Pakistan—rise, so does concerns in the Indian establishment on whether this will provide yet another opportunity to Islamabad to play up the ‘Khalistan’ card. On its heels, another curious fact has surfaced: till date, no Sikh diplomat has been posted by India as its high commissioner in Pakistan. This has led some to speculate if this was due to lack of trust on the community.

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