Seventy-two years ago these parts had droves of villagers baying for the blood of non-Muslims. Today, there were scores of them standing along the road as eager spectators while their Prime Minister inaugurated the corridor and the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib complex as symbols of peace.
A bomb that had been put on display in a glass case just next to the gurdwara building became a sore point for devotees. A notice board put up next to it said that the Indian Air Force (IAF) had attempted to bomb the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in 1971.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the first jatha led by Akal Takht jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh, and prominent leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, from near the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur.
The first batch of 550 Indian Sikh pilgrims will include former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his family, and about 150-160 other dignitaries, including Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and her husband and former Punjab deputy CM Sukhbir Badal.
This was perhaps the first time in recent years that such an overt religious display was made inside the House. Not even Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLAs attempted anything of this sort during their years in power.
Phoolka said the farmers of Punjab must not be throttled by Delhi government trying to cover up its own failures. “Delhi government must think about all this. Instead of blaming the states of Punjab and Haryana, put your own house in order. This is very unfortunate,” he said.
According to PSRC data, these the four identified sites were in Bathinda, Amritsar and Moga districts. Dense smog has been reported from various locations in Punjab, reducing visibility to a great extent.
The Punjab government has, meanwhile, announced several measures to sensitise farmers. Nodal officers have been deputed in nearly 8,000 paddy growing villages across the state to spread awareness and keep an eye on post-harvest operations.
This week, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced that the Siachen Glacier will be open for tourists, between the base camp and Kumar logistics base. A look at what has been allowed so far, and what will change now.
It was in June this year that the Ministry of Defence had accorded sanction in principle for the restoration 'free rations in kind' to officers of Army, Navy and the Air Force posted in peace stations.