British Sikh Association celebrated Vaisakhi by
honouring Judge Sir Mota Singh QC with the Pride
of the Sikh Community Award. Over 300 guests attended
this glittering event along with The Shadow Justice
Secretary, the Rt. Hon Dominic Grieve, Baroness
Verma, the Shadow Minister for Children, Schools
& Families, Mr Asif Ibrahim, Minister Coordination
at India House, Mrs Monika Mohta, Director Nehru
Centre, Mr Dolar Popat, Hindu Forum Britain and
Chairman of the Punjab National Bank, Mr KR Kamath.
General Secretary, Dr. Sukhbir Singh Kapoor welcomed
the guests and reminded everyone of the green fields
and splendour of Punjab and the love stories of
Heer -Ranjah, Sassi-Pannu and Mirza- Shaiba. Most
importantly the creation of the Brotherhood of Khalsa
by the 10th Guru, Gobind Singh Ji which changed
the fate of everyone for good.
President, Mr. TS Sahni described how Guru Gobind
Singh Ji turned the oppressed into saint soldiers
by embedding qualities of compassion, righteousness
and courage. Guru Gobind Singh Ji turned the meek
into lions (Singhs).
The saint soldiers became the defenders of human
rights of every Indian regardless of race or religion.
The creation of the Brotherhood of Khalsa changed
the course of Indian history for ever. People all
over the world celebrate this happy occasion to
pay tribute and to renew their commitment to the
teachings of Gobind Singh Ji who sacrificed his
entire family for us to enjoy the glow of freedom
and the right to practice one’s own faith.
Chairman, Dr. Rami Ranger MBE welcomed everyone
and said that the very fact we are celebrating Guru
Gobind Singh Ji’s vision demonstrates that we are
a free and liberated community. The 10th Guru, Gobind
Singh Ji, knew that if people are suppressed either
by the state or religion, then they could not develop
wholesomely and as a result would not be able to
contribute much to society. He fought against the
tyranny and injustices of the then Mughal Emperor
Aurangzeb, who wrongly wanted to control people
in the name of religion. Guru Ji felt that controlling
people would make them behave like obedient servants
unable to think freely to benefit society as a whole.
He paid supreme sacrifices for our freedom and made
us assets for India and beyond.
praised Hon. Judge Sir Mota Singh Ji who, in line
with the teachings of our Gurus, has become a role
model and an inspiration to everyone. He was the
first turbaned Sikh Judge in Britain and never had
his judgment challenged in the higher courts. Her
Majesty the Queen has graciously conferred a Knighthood
upon him and made him Sir for his outstanding services
to his profession. The British Sikh Association
was delighted to present him with the “Pride of
Sikh Community” award for bringing honour to India.
The Award was presented by Mrs Monika Mohta, Director
Nehru Centre London on behalf of the Indian Community.
Mr. Asif Ibrahim, Minister Coordination at the High
Commission of India praised Sir Mota for his exemplary
life and felt he has done both India and Britain
proud with his achievements. He further praised
India’s secular and democratic constitution. He
said many feared India would break up soon after
Independence due to its diversity. In fact India
has not only remained united but also has become
stronger in the world.
Verma praised the contribution of Indians in Britain
and asked them to be more publicly and politically
spirited. Britain is our country and we must take
part in the decision making process. She praised
Sir Mota for receiving the Knighthood and now the
Pride of the Sikh Community Award.
Guest of Honour the Rt. Hon Dominic Grieve, Shadow
Justice Secretary praised the contribution of the
Punjabi Community in Britain. He said that he was
proud of the fact that a lot of Punjabis have moved
in to his constituency of Beaconsfield. He further
said some of his closest friends are Punjabi. He
particularly enjoys the Punjabi cuisine and Bhangra
Sir Mota Singh QC thanked the Executive Committee
of the British Sikh Association for putting on a
splendid show. He jokingly said he always wanted
to make his wife a Lady and now that he is a knight
she will be called a Lady. Sir Mota thanked the
community and Britain for giving him so much love
and honour. He praised the British sense of tolerance
and fair play and as a result he could contribute
to the Nation unhindered.
Vote of Thanks was given by the Vice Chairman Mr
Hardyal Singh Luther, who praised the management
and staff of the Days Hotel, Ruislip for making
superb arrangements and providing scrumptious food.
He thanked the artist of Asli Bahara Punjab Dian
for providing Bhangra dances. He also thanked the
TV channel, Sony, B4U, Zee TV, Venus TV and MATV
for their services of sharing the celebration with
people around the world. He also thanked the Executive
Committee for working hard and paying a befitting
tribute to our Gurus.
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being entertained with Bhangra by Asli Bahara Punjab
Guests enjoying the function
The General Secretary, Dr. S.S. Kapoor welcoming
The President of the BSA, Mr T.S. Sahni making a
Chairman, Dr. Rami Ranger MBE, FRSA addressing the
Mrs. Monika Mohta, Director Nehru Centre, London
“The Pride of Sikh Award” to Judge Sir Mota Singh
Mr Asif Ibrahim. Minister Coordination at High Commission
Baroness Sandip Verma, Shadow Minister for Children,
Schools & Families
addressing the guests
Shadow Justice Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Dominic Grieve
addressing the guests.
The Chairman of the Punjab National Bank, Mr KR
The Vice Chairman, Mr. Hardyal Luther giving a Vote