Articles by Gurmukh Singh OBE (UK)
In the UK, politics does not pay. Most well qualified next generation Sikhs, otherwise doing well in many professions, have shown hardly any interest in political careers. That can change over the next few years.
The impression from Sikh diaspora countries is that, at last, British Sikhs are getting their political act together. While the Sikh Manifesto promotes united action by UK Sikhs under ten points, it also encourages global Sikh communities to play a more prominent public role in their adopted countries.
Other pogroms are mentioned in passing; but the presenter keeps talking to the same, articulate four or five, Jewish speakers about the Holocaust. In fact, as is often noticeable, the cameras seem to avoid the turban wearing Sikh in the discussion group.
In the United Kingdom, the country we have adopted, this is a wakeup call for Sikh youth leaders to give responsible collective lead. As an umbrella organization, the Sikh Council UK is ideally placed to facilitate a constructive discussion on this and related issues...
When it comes to celebrating popular festivals like Divali or Christmas, the colourful and socially vibrant Sikhs are renowned for outdoing their neighbours. For them, relevance of such festivals to their religion is of little consequence. Divali is one such festival;
Six weeks ago, Ravinder Singh visited the refugee camps in northern Iraq and saw for himself the desperate plight of the refugees. Many approached him in desperation once they came to know that he was a British Sikh, and pleaded for help.
Not only has the British army acknowledged (at last) and but even the British mainstream media has woken up to that historical fact. No longer are the Sikhs lost in generalised labels like “Indians” or “Asians”. They stand tall as “Sikhs”.
"The overt racism by the officials went against all logic and reason even when it came to the law. Every unethical and immoral trick was used to circumvent the law simply to frustrate the entry of the Sikhs into Canada."
Visiting Darbar Sahib is a mixed experience.
If the great contribution of Khalsa towards the independence of the people of the Indian subcontinent is to be made known to the Indian people and the world, then the true story of Rawalsar must be memorialised and told.