One of the best messages on Vaisakhi by a politician. The message by Labour party’s Jeremy Corbyn encompasses the essence of a Khalsa.
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa; Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
Happy Vaisakhi to all.
I know this is a very important and special time for Sikhs in the UK, India and across the world.
Vaisakhi marks the birth of the Khalsa and Sikhs are celebrating across the UK in Gurdwaras, homes and in processions in lots of our towns and cities.
We can learn much from the Sikh way of life. Gurdwaras are impressive places of worship in the way that they serve free food to everyone, be they a worshipper or just somebody in need of a hot meal. I’m particularly taken by the story of Emperor Akbar who, in 1569, was told by the 3rd Sikh Guru to sit and share a meal with the poor and the penniless before meeting the Guru. The concepts of social justice and true equality – gender, race, religion, ethnicity – of respect for each other, of treating everyone the same, regardless of where you were born or what background you are from, are concepts shared by the Labour Party.
The Gurus fought against social inequality, fought against injustice, and helped the most vulnerable in society to live their lives with dignity and pride. The creation of the Khalsa by the tenth Sikh Guru, in a ceremony underpinned by personal sacrifice, gave Sikhs a visible identity that ensured they would stand out and that they wouldn’t walk by when they saw injustice or somebody in need. These are values that we in the Labour Party also share.
The Labour Party wants to build a fairer society where all have the same opportunities in life. We want a Britain which works for all of us, not just the few, a vision of the future with fairness and shared prosperity at its heart and we look forward to working with you.
At this time, we also recognise the huge contribution of the Sikh community to our business, culture and public life in Britain.
I wish you and your families a very Happy Vaisakhi.
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa; Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh.