HISTORIC GURPURB EVENT HELD IN UK PARLIAMENT
Today Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Gurpurab (Birthday) was marked with a historic celebration at the Houses of Parliament. The Sikh Federation (UK), the Sikh Network and APPG for British Sikhs organised a befitting evening of celebration, inspiration and recognition. The event was full and attracted many politicians, professionals, business people and media outlets.
Rob Marris, Chair APPG for British Sikhs opened followed by Tom Watson, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Alison Thewliss, SNP MP for Glasgow Central. Tom Watson MP provided a warm welcome and recognised the contribution of Sikhs to Britain, he also reiterated his commitment to addressing the lack of Sikh representation in Parliament. Clr Preet Kaur from Sandwell delivered a moving key note speech on the life of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and his message of Equality she also linked the inspiring story of Princess Sophia Suffragette a pioneering Sikh female activist.
Children from the Khalsa Secondary Academy shared their unique personal perspectives on the life of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, as did senior representatives from interfaith groups inc David Walker, the Bishop of Manchester, Chair of the Advisory Council on the Relations of Bishops and Religious Communities and Ibrahim Mogra the Assistant Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain.
Other speakers included Jas Singh from the Sikh Network, Parmjit Singh Dhanda first Sikh Minister, Pete Singh Virdee and Makhan Singh Padda owner of Vicarage Nurseries, whilst the whole event was hosted by Dabinderjit Singh adviser to the Sikh Federation (UK).
The event ended fittingly with a recognition award ceremony, with special contribution awards for Balwinder Kaur Saund of Sikh Women’s Alliance, Jameen Kaur of Amnesty Int for work in Human Rights, Jasveer Singh of SikhPA & Manpreet Singh of Ajit Newspaper for Media services, Chaz Singh for Political contribution and Sukhi Kaur for tireless Seva behind the scenes. A lifetime achievement award was also given to S. Gurmukh Singh.
The Sikh Federation (UK) and the Sikh Network warmly thank all those who attended and supported this event, especially our sponsors Vicarage Nurseries and the Sikh Channel, as we collectively all shared in Guru Ji’s universal message of One God, Truth, Equality and Activism.