350th Birth Anniversary of Sikh Guru Gobind Singh at the Houses of Parliament….reports Asian Lite News
Several MPs, Lords, Ministers and prominent community & faith leaders have marked the Parkash Utsav celebrations commemorating the 350th birth anniversary of 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. The parliamentarians and speakers including Tom Brake MP, Virendra Sharma, Caroline Nokes MP, Adam Afriyie MP, Lord Rana, Lord Dholakia and Lord Loomba have all praised the life of the Guru and his embodied values.
Award-winning journalist and author Mihir Bose emphasised on the need to promote diversity through correct history and education. Lord Dholakia remarked that the celebration was unique at a time when so much political turmoil was happening. He has applauded Sikhs as a remarkable community where men, women and children are treated equally. Political strategist and human rights campaigner Lakshmi Kaul read out Bob Blackman MP’s message paying respects to Guru Gobind Singh who lived his life in the service of humanity. She also narrated the link between Kashmiri Pandits and Guru Tegh Bahadur Singh and said Kashmiri Pandits owed a lot to the Guru for their existence today. Ambassador to the City Sikhs network Surinder Kaur referred to Guru Bani and the Guru’s relentlessness fighting the twenty battles in his life time.
Dr Rishi Handa, teaching at St James Independent School paid tribute to the Guru as the custodian of divine treasure, skilled musician and articulate poet. Malcolm Deboo, President, Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe has referred to him as a remarkable human being and has drawn parallels between Zafarnama and Shahnameh.