hosted by the British Sikh Association at
SAS Radisson Hotel,
on Thursday the 30th April 2009.
“The soul of India is her secular
constitution”, said His Excellency The High
Commissioner of India, Shiv Shankar Mukherjee
when he attended the glittering Vaisakhi
dinner at the SAS Radisson Hotel in London,
hosted by the BSA
He was speaking to the gathering of over
400 dignitaries and guests which included
the Shadow Justice Secretary the Rt. Hon
Dominic Grieve MP, Baroness Emma Nicholson,
Mr Stephen Pound MP, Baroness Sandy Verma,
Lord Bikhu Parekh, Lord Mohamad
Sheikh, Chairman and Managing Director of
the Punjab National Bank Mr. K C Chakarbarty,
Prof Colin Green Director of Northwick Park
Institute of Medical research, Mr. Asif
Ibrahim ( Minister Co ordination ) , Mr
Tilak Devasher ( Minister Consular)
( Director Nehru
to name a few.
His Excellency went on to praise the Sikh
Community for their hard work and self
reliance and said that wherever they have
settled, they have brought glory to their
Mr. T S Sahni President of the BSA welcomed
the guests and reminded everybody about the
supreme sacrifices paid by the Sikh Gurus to
uphold basic human rights.
The Secretary General, Dr. S S Kapoor
highlighted the work done by the World Sikh
University and Khalsa College which are
affiliate with the BSA.
The Chairman, Dr. Rami Ranger MBE said
our Gurus neither wanted to divide India nor
did they want a Kingdom for themselves.
Instead they were against
human oppression by religion or the state.
Their battles were
to uphold human
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Shadow Justice Secretary,
Dominic Grieve who has a large number of
Sikhs in his constituency praised the
contribution made by the Sikhs to the UK in
almost every field.
Baroness Emma Nicholson who’s father served
in the British Army during the Second World
War said that she had learnt one thing from
her father – “that it was always good to
have the Sikhs on your side. “
Lord Sheikh who has his roots in the holy
city of Amritsar said that there was a great
deal in common between the teaching of the
Sikh religion and Islam.
Baroness Verma praised the concept of
“langar “in the Sikh gurdwaras where
everyone sat and ate on the floor,
symbolizing that everyone was equal in the
eyes of God.
highlighted equality of women in the Sikh
The Rt. Hon. Stephen Pound MP narrated his
experiences when he visited Jallian Wala
Bagh where innocent men, women and children
were massacred and the Golden Temple in
Amritsar. He said the first reminded him of
the brutality of man and the second the
splendor of God.
Lord Bikhu Parekh praised the 10th
Guru for his concept of being a Guru as well
as a disciple, thereby symbolizing the
democratic nature of the Sikh religion.
Mr. K C Chakarbarty said he always looked
forward to Vaisakhi for two reasons – to
celebrate the birth of the Khalsa and to
celebrate the birth of his Bank which was
also founded on a Vaisiakhi day itself.
Prof. Colin Green praised Bobby Gerewal, a
Sikh for raising hundreds of thousands of
pounds for the research into the cure for
Cancer and Aids for the Institutes where he
is the head.
An award for public service was presented
to Mr. Kulveer Singh Ranger, Director of
Transport Policy for the Mayor of London.
A cheque of £2001.00 was presented
by the Finance
Secretary. Mr. HS Sethi to the
Sikh Primary School, Southall which was
received by Mr. Gurmail Singh Malhi a member
of the project.
The guests were entertained with Bhangra by
the Suraj group.
The vote of thanks was given by Mr. Hardyal
Luther, Vice Chairman of the BSA.
The High Commissioner of India, Shiv Shankar Mukherjee
addressing the guests.
Mr T.S. Sahni President of the BSA
welcoming the guests.
The Secretary General, Dr. S.S. Kapoor
The Chairman, Dr. Rami Ranger MBE FRSA.
The Shadow Justice Secretary, The Rt.
Hon. Dominic Grieve MP.
Baroness Emma Nicholson.
Lord Mohamed Sheikh.
Baroness Sandip Verma.
The Rt. Hon Stephen Pound MP.
Lord Bikhu Parekh.
Mr K.C. Chakrabarty, Chairman & Managing
Director Punjab National Bank.
Colin Green, Director Northwick Park
Institute for Medical Research.
Public Service Award
being presented to Mr
Kulveer Singh Ranger,
Director of Transport Policy for Mayor
of London by
H.E. Shiv Shankar Mukherjee, High
Commission of India.
Finance Secretary Mr H.S.Sethi
presenting cheque of £2001 to
Mr Gurmail Singh Malhi in support of
V.A. Sikh Primary School, Southall.
Guest being entertained with Bhangra by
Mr Hardyal Luther, Vice Chairman giving
a Vote of Thanks.
Guests enjoying the Dinner.