In a “sudden" visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday morning went to Delhi’s Gurdwara Rakabganj and bowed his head. He paid tributes to Guru Teg Bahadur for his supreme sacrifice, official sources said.
They further said that there was also no police bandobast or traffic barriers to the common man during this visit. The mortal remains of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Sikh Guru, were consigned to flames at Gurdwara Rakabganj.
The prime minister’s visit to one of the most popular gurudwaras among the devotees in the national capital assumes significance as it comes amid intense protests by farmers, especially from Punjab, against the three farm laws enacted by his government. Modi has been at pains to explain the benefits of farm reforms and often assured farmers that the existing government mechanism to support them, including minimum support price and agriculture mandis, will continue.
On Saturday, PM Modi paid rich tributes to Guru Tegh Bahadur on his ‘Shaheedi Diwas’ and recalled his vision for a just and inclusive society.
Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth guru, was born in 1621 and was martyred in 1675 in Delhi. “Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji’s life epitomised courage and compassion. On his Shaheedi Diwas, I bow to the great Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji and recall his vision for a just and inclusive society," Modi tweeted.
The Prime Minister also tweeted his tributes to the Sikh Guru in Punjabi.