Sometimes, I think relations between India and Pakistan are a television serial made by Ekta Kapoor, because, like her soap opera titles, the letter K recurs in conflict zones with improbable consistency: Kashmir, Karachi, Kargil and now, Kartarpur.
We would like to think that the latest K, symbolising Sikhism’s founder Guru Nanak Dev and his life of spirituality and Hindu-Muslim brotherhood, would spell peace rather than conflict. But sadly, that is also acquiring dimensions of narrow politics — though hopeful souls might think of it as an opportunity for amicable relations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gotten on to his favourite political pastime, of citing what Congress did or did not decades ago, to say that Kartarpur would have been in India were it not for India conceding the holy spot to Pakistan.
Ifs and buts make for good political grist, but the real deal is to see if the Kartarpur corridor that makes Sikhism’s holy spot easily accessible to believers from India really spells an opportunity to build confidence between the nations. Read More