In a bid to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, ‘Ek Onkar’ was painted on the tail of Air India‘s Boeing 787 Dreamliner, stated news agency ANI on Monday. The decision to paint the Sikh symbol was taken by Air India‘s airline management.
The ‘Ek Onkar’ symbol is a representation of the central tenet of Sikh religious philosophy. While the minister of Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal hailed the move, some government officials have been quoted by news agency IANS as saying, “This is a very controversial decision. Tomorrow, Muslims may demand for displaying their symbols. In a secular country, such steps should be avoided.”
Some stated that Air India’s decision as controversial by claiming that the move is likely to trigger various other religious communities to display their key symbols on the state-run aircraft.
'Ik Onkar' painted on the tail of Air India's Boeing 787 Dreamliner as a part of 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. pic.twitter.com/pgrDNVC6II
— ANI (@ANI) October 28, 2019