Meet 'Dastar Wali Bibi' from the British Royal Air Force

She is the first person of Sikh faith to be appointed as a chaplain in the armed forces of Great Britain....

Making proud the global Punjabi community in general and the Sikh community in particular, is Flight Lieutenant Mandeep Kaur MBE, the first Sikh “padre” in the British Royal Air Force, who has been serving in this role for 14 years.  In December 2018, when Queen Elizabeth announced the New Year’s Honours, Ms Kaur was honoured as a Member of the British Empire for her services to the British Armed Forces and services towards the global Sikh community.

Ms Kaur’s achievements embody many ‘firsts’.

She is the first person of Sikh faith to be appointed as a chaplain in the armed forces of Great Britain. She also is the first woman of non-Christian faith to fill that role. Since her recent graduation in December 2018, she is also the first non-Christian to be commissioned as a chaplain with a uniformed rank...

...So how does it feel to be known as Flt Lt. Mandeep Kaur MBE now?

Ms Kaur, in all humility, says that is just a fact in her life, and doesn’t change who she is. “You can say it for the sake of saying it but both are independent of each other. My work is to uplift our soldiers when they need motivation and I employ Guru Granth Sahib’s teachings to give them what they need. And that’s my job,” adds Ms Kaur who lives with her husband and three young children. For Ms Kaur, life is as busy and service-oriented as it can get.

To listen to this interview in Punjabi, click on the player at the top of the page.

 

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