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.
Rob Marris MP opened the celebration reciting Wahe Guru Khalsa and outlining the work of APPG for British Sikhs. Shadow Minister for Europe Pat Faddon MP appreciated contributions of Sikhs to the country. Academician and Co-director of the Dharmic Ideas and Policy Foundation Dr Gautam Sen highlighted social equality, fight for gender equality and the positive impact by Sikhs. Sister Jayanti – European Director of Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University spoke of peace equality and love exemplifying Panch Pyare (the five beloved). Labour politician Dr Onkar Sahota has spoken of the fight for justice that Guru Gobind Singh led.
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.
Academic Tutor, award-winning dancer, writer and founder of Sanskruti Centre Ragasudha Vinjamuri has spoken on how the Guru as a 9 year old child influenced his father to stand up for the rights of others and protect people, revisited the sacrifice & magnanimity of the Guru and recited some excerpts from Dasam Granth. Sant Sulakhan Singh Jandu, President Namdhari Sikh Sangat UK, Nigel Kahn, Maharishi Foundation and teacher of Transcendental Meditation, Madhava Turumella, founder of Hindu Think Tank Raj Bodh, Jasdev Singh Rai of British Sikh Consultative Forum, Hari Lal Halai -Trustee at Hindu Forum of Britain, Satya Minhas, Co-Chairman, Hindu Council UK, Mahendra Sinh Jadeja representing Rajput Samaj have all praised the greatness of the Guru.
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.
Lalubhai Parekh, President, Overseas Friends of BJP U.K. underscored that Hindus owe a lot to Guru Gobind Singh and has also referred to Hindu warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji. A specially commissioned medallion marking the 350th birth anniversary of Guru was given to all attendees. Messages from HM The Queen, Lord Bourne – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, DCLG, Nitish Kumar-Chief Minister of Bihar were read by Tom Brake MP. Counsellor D P Singh represented the High Commission of India.
Amarjeet Singh Bhamra, the organiser of the event applauded the contribution made by the parliamentarians, speakers and the guests and has as a conclusion requested for the International Martyrs Day to be declared.
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