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At Harvard, Kartarpur Corridor a Window of Peace || SNE

Dec 02, 2019



Bathinda: Indians and Pakistanis at Harvard Kennedy School in the US are looking at the newly-opened Kartarpur corridor as a window of peace in the Subcontinent — at least an event planned at the Ivy League varsity says so.


‘Celebrating Kartarpur: The peace corridor between India and Pakistan’ will be organised at Ben Hall of HKS on December 4, less than a month after Pakistan opened the corridor to Sikh pilgrims from India on November 9. “The South Asia Engagement Group, Harvard Sikh Students Association, India Caucus at HKS and Harvard Pakistan Students Group are cohosting the solidarity event to celebrate the opening of Kartarpur corridor by Pakistan for pilgrims from India,” Pakistan-origin peace activist Beena Sarwar, settled in the US, said.


Harvard University Sikh chaplain Harpreet Singh, Rajya Sabha member Partap Singh Bajwa and Senator Faisal Javed Khan, ambassador for Kartarpur in Pakistan, are expected to speak at the programme. “We are celebrating the peace corridor to show how such initiatives could ease hostilities between two countries which keep on engaging against each other on hostile things,” she said.


Former PM Manmohan Singh, Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Union ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri and many dignitaries from India had gone to Kartapur in the first jatha (delegation) after PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the Indian side of the corridor.


It was after 72 years of the partition that the Indian devotees could pay obeisance at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib as earlier they used to see the shrine from Dera Baba Nanak, 4.5 km away, in India through binoculars.


Harvard Kennedy School, or The John F Kennedy School of Government, is a public policy and public administration school at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States.

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