Appeals all Sikhs to participate actively in upcoming SGPC elections
Chandigarh, Oct 30, 2023 (Yes Punjab News)
In a resounding call to end the tragic loss of innocent lives, especially children and women, amid the Israel-Palestine conflict, the Global Sikh Council (GSC) has urgently appealed to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to work for a truce in the war torn Gaza region.
During its conference and annual general meeting (AGM) conducted online, the GSC’s executive committee passed a strong resolution denouncing the devastating air strikes from both sides, which have resulted in immense suffering for innocent civilians.
The Council further called upon the UN to immediately supply humanitarian aid, including essential medical supplies and food, to the people in Gaza.
In a press communiqué, Lady Singh, Dr. Kanwaljit Kaur OBE, President of the GSC, representing a global consortium of organizations of 31 countries, informed that the Council has also passed another resolution applauding the courageous decision made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to investigate the brutal murder of a Canadian Gurdwara management official, Bhai Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
The GSC has urged the Indian government to cooperate in international investigations to bring the culprits to justice.
Taking stock of Sikh community affairs worldwide, particularly in Punjab and other regions in India, the GSC members called upon all the Sikhs to register as members and actively participate in the upcoming general elections for the Sharomani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), and exercise their voting rights in Gurdwara elections.
During the AGM, advocate Jeewan Singh from Tamil Nadu addressed the issue of caste within the Sikh community and emphasized the need to establish a casteless and egalitarian society in India, in line with the revered principles of the Guru Sahibaan when founding the ‘Khalsa’ three centuries ago.
He underscored the importance of uplifting the marginalized and disadvantaged populations to create an enlightened nation.
Various Sikh leaders, shared their insights on Sikh issues and the proposed resolutions, including Giani Kewal Singh ex Jathedar Takhat Sri Damdama Sahib, Sardarni Kiranjot Kaur member SGPC, Jagmohan Singh of World Sikh News, Harsimran Singh,
Harbir Singh Bhatia from Australia, Colonel Jagtar Singh Multani, Jagir Singh from Malaysia, Dr Karminder Singh, Gurdial Singh of France, Karanbir Singh of Canada, Rajinder Singh, Harjeet Singh, Harsarn Singh, Satnam Singh and Parmjeet Singh.
Addressing the conference Lady Singh, Dr Kanwaljit Kaur, urged the SGPC to look to the wider needs, challenges and priorities of the Khalsa Panth. She emphasised that the GSC stands firmly in working for peace, justice, and social progress, both within the Sikh community and on the global stage.