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Seminar on Life and Teachings on Guru Gobind Singh ji at House Commons on December 7, 2017

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Seminar on Life and Teachings on Guru Gobind Singh ji

House of Commons

December 7, 2017


    To commemorate the 350th Birth Anniversary of Guru Gobind Singhji, High Commission of India in association with Indo-British All-Party Parliamentary Group, organised a Seminar in the House of Commons on December 7, 2017.

  A gathering of eminent Sikh leaders from across the country converged to participate in the Seminar titled ‘Life and teachings of Shri Guru Gobind Singhji’. Many Members of Parliament, Councillors and Members of Greater London Authority were present at the event, in addition to senior representatives from Gurudwaras and Sikh community organisations.

    Member of Parliament for Ealing, Southall and Chairperson of Indo-British All-Party Parliamentary Group, Mr. Virendra Sharma thanked the High Commissioner for taking the lead on celebrating the great Guru’s contributions to humanity in the Palace of Westminster. He said that the Tenth Sikh Guru’s teachings have acquired a renewed significance for the youth in the UK in particular and appreciated this initiative by the High Commission to host a series of commemorative events marking this special year.

    High Commissioner Mr. Y. K. Sinha thanked the participants in the Seminar for coming from all parts of the country to celebrate the life of Guru Gobind Singhji. He said that celebrations of this momentous year that commenced in Patna, with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi paying obeisance at Takht Sri Harmandirji Sahib Gurdwara at Patna Saheb, were celebrated in a truly unprecedented manner all across the UK. The celebrations saw a series of firsts - including, inter alia, many first visits to Gurudwaras, first-ever commemorative celebration with Sikh devotional music at India House, creation of a special commemorative photo-exhibition in association with Victoria and Albert Museum, and the first ever grand scale Baisakhi celebrations in April attended by around twenty thousand people. He also mentioned that the High Commission has, with financial support of Ministry of Culture, Government of India, organised plays and Sikh devotional music shows in many cities outside London. Also, as part of the celebrations, High Commission drew attention to hitherto less-addressed issues like contributions of Sikhs in the two World Wars, even as part of the Labour Corps under the India Unremembered project. High Commissioner said that Guru Gobind Singhji stood for the fight against oppression and injustice; he also was a beacon of peace and harmony for all. High Commissioner further said that when commemorating the Guru’s life and achievements, it is more important that we remember what the great Guru stood for and the lessons to be imbibed by future generations.

    The first turbaned Sikh Member of Parliament in the UK Mr. Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, and Ms Ruth Cadbury, Member of Parliament, also commended the organizing of the Seminar and spoke of the need to rededicate ourselves to the great Guru’s teachings.

    In addition, a host of eminent speakers from various communities, and in particular, the Sikh and Punjabi community in the UK, spoke on this special occasion. Some of the speakers were Prof. Mohinder Singh Bedi, Mr. Harjinder Singh Thekedar (President Miri Piri Gurudwara), Mr. Charan Kamal Sekhon (Seva Trust UK), Mr. Anil Mehta (Deputy Advocate General, Haryana), Mr. Harbinder Singh (Director, Maharaja Duleep Singh Trust & Anglo-Sikh Heritage Trail), Mr. Rajinder Singh Bhasin (President, Shephard Bush Gurudwara), Dr. Onkar Sahota (Assembly Member, Greator London Authority), Mr. Manoj Joshi (Representative, Yorkshire Sikh Forum), Mr. Rami Ranger, and Mr. Surinder Singh Sohal (Ramgarhiya Sabha, Southall).

    Mr. Virendra Sharma concluded the Seminar by felicitating the High Commissioner for his dedicated efforts to commemorate this special year celebrating the Prakash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singhji.


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