PADMA SHRI VIKRAMJIT SAHNEY

Event Details

The World Punjabi Organisation (WPO) sponsored a 70-members delegation of businessmen, journalists, sportspersons and artists to visit Pakistan on a week-long tour. The delegation led by an renowned journalist, Mr. Kuldip Nayar.

  • Delhi-Lahore-Delhi coach decorated for WPO delegation
  • WPO President Shri Raunaq Singh Talking to newsmen at the Station
  • Janab Nawaz Sharif With the women folk of World Punjabi Oraganisation

After 50 years one could not only visit his birth place but also could do pilgrimage to the birth place of Guru Nanak Dev Ji was a God-gift to me and my wife. It was, indeed, a pleasure to receive an invitation from a most energetic young entrepreneur, Sardar Vikramjit Singh Sahney, to join a group of Punjabis on a short visit to Pakistan. When we reached New Delhi Station, we were amazed to see a battery of camera men surrounding a decorated coach which was occupied by a group of 60 persons. It was a further delight to se our friend, world known journalist, Mr. Kuldip Nayar, entering the coach carrying flower bouquets. He was named the Leader of the delegation by the World Punjabi Organisation.

We occupied the last seats and had full time to discuss all the current topics. On the way, we tasted the well roasted chicken and other snacks as part of customary Punjabi hospitality. After reaching Amritsar, we had a trip to The Golden Temple and back to the university where Sardar H.S. Soch, Vice Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, hosted lunch. Sardar Dalbir Singh, the social ambassador of Amritsar, was in his best, as usual, to organise a Press Meet and special reception at the Attari Border.

The 15 minutes' train journey of crossing between the two countries was full of experience. It took hours and we could reach Wagah Railway station at the time of sun set. There in chartered bus, we reached Lahore for a sumptuous dinner and a heart warming reception.

We reached Islamabad almost after mid night by travelling on newly built 325 K.M. long motorway, a wonder built at the initiative of Janab Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan. Next day, we drove to Punja Sahib and were blessed by Sat Guru to have a dip in the holy tank and have "Darshan" of Punja Sahib of Guru Nanak Dev Ji inscribed in stone where water is gushing out. It was a memorable day for all of us, since most of us come from that area only.