NEW DEHLI: A delegation of Hindus and Sikhs from Afghanistan has met Indian prime minister Narendra Modi at his residence on Saturday.
This comes a day after PM Modi hosted some prominent Sikhs at his residence and highlighted the work done by his government for the community.
The Modi government has often asserted its commitment to the minorities of Afghanistan who have faced religious persecution, especially from the Taliban.
The meeting comes ahead of the voting for the Punjab Assembly polls scheduled to be held on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Narendra Modi said India was not born in 1947, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an interaction with senior Sikh leaders at his home in Delhi ahead of the Punjab election on Sunday.
“This country was hardly born in 1947. Our gurus went through so much… We suffered so much oppression during the Emergency. I was underground at that time. I used to wear a Sikh disguise to hide. I used to wear a pagdi,” PM Modi is heard telling the gathering in a video released by his office.
Reaching out to the community, PM Modi repeated his comment that the Congress failed to ensure that the Sikh shrine Kartarpur Sahib stayed in India during the Partition of 1947. Kartarpur Sahib is in Pakistan and is around six km from Punjab.
“They could not reach an agreement to bring Kartarpur, which is six km away. I started talks through the diplomatic channel. When I used to stay in Punjab I used to look at (Kartarpur Sahib) using binoculars. Then I used to think we have to do something,” PM Modi said.
“This was such a holy task that with the blessings of Gurus, we did it. What we have done in such a short time, this would not have been possible without devotion,” he added.
. He also spoke about bringing back the Guru Granth Sahib from Afghanistan.
“The Guru Granth Sahib should be brought back with pride from Afghanistan. We made arrangements and provided a special plane. I asked our ministers to bring it back with respect. It is invaluable in our lives. As someone from Gujarat, I want to say that I have ties of blood with you as one of the Punj Pyaras of Guru Gobind Singh was from Gujarat,” said the PM.
During the meal, the Prime Minister handed out plates to the Sikh leaders, saying: “I want to do seva today.” As he received a Siropa or robe of honor from the leaders, PM Modi said he had learned a lot from Sikh Gurus and that he tried to follow their teachings.