Prime Minister Narendra Modi met representatives of the Sikh community, Kashmiri Pandits and Bohra Muslims at Houston in Texas on Sunday morning as per India time.
The Sikh community submitted a memorandum to the PM on their long-standing demands including the genocide of the Sikhs in the 1984 Delhi riots, renewal of passports of asylees and issues pertaining to registration of Sikh marriages under the Anand Marriage Act and not the Hindu Marriage Act.
“We submitted a memorandum and thanked Modi ji for what he has done for Sikh community. We thanked him for Kartarpur corridor. President Trump is coming here tomorrow (at Howdy Modi), shows how important a leader PM Modi is," an ANI tweet said quoting Avinder Chawla, sitting Commissioner, Arvin, California.
The Kartarpur Corridor is an under-construction border corridor between India and Pakistan, connecting the Sikh shrines of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib at Punjab in India and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Pakistan’s Punjab. The corridor is intended to allow religious devotees from India to visit the Gurdwara in Kartarpur without a visa.
The Kashmiri Pandits thanked Modi for diluting Article 370 and withdrawing the special status given to Jammu & Kashmir. Modi joined them in reciting a Sanskrit verse 'Namaste Sharade Devi'.
“PM told us you've suffered a lot together we've to build new Kashmir," ANI quoted one Surinder Kaul, representing the Kashmiris, as saying.
The Bohra gathering gifted a shawl to Modi and interacted with him.