Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Leicester Leads the way as the Sikh Council UK & LSA Launch Sikh Seminar


20th October 2014 – Leicester, UK – This weekend the inaugural National Sikh Community Seminar was held at the Diocese of Leicester headquarters, in the heart of Leicester city. Organised by the Leicestershire Sikh Alliance and the Sikh Council UK, the primary purpose of the seminar and networking event was to open dialogue and engagement about the Sikh community in Britain as part of a wider education campaign.

It’s the first time that an event like this has taken place and the ripples of its success are making it nationally relevant. Leicester has taken the lead on a key issue that is fundamental in ensuring awareness of the Sikhs in Britain and promoting community cohesion via seminars such as this. The seminar and networking event will become an annual fix.

The history of the Sikh community and its DNA were presented and explored by Harinder Singh, the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of The Sikh Research Institute in Texas. He regularly addresses Sikh, Punjab and South Asian issues throughout the world through articles, workshops and presentations and his work brings to life the Sikh way of life via his knowledge of art, history, linguistics, theology and politics.

Harinder Singh says “I’m honoured to have been invited to share insights some insights into the history and inspiration of the Sikh’s at this inaugural seminar”

Paramjit Kaur Matharu of the Sikh Council UK who is also a managing director at JP MORGAN CHASE BANK anchored the event. She opened the event by saying “King Richard III’s reburial here has bought great recognition to the city of Leicester; and the part our hosts, the Diocese of Leicester, have played in ensuring this must be commended.  Furthermore, Leicester is the multicultural capital of the UK and its quite befitting the inaugural event is held here.”

Amandeep Singh Rai of the Leicestershire Sikh Alliance Executive Team said, “One of our key goals for the event was to engage prominent non-Sikhs and provide them a deeper understanding of who we are as a community from a historical and contemporary perspective.

The attendance at the event was beyond our wildest expectations; the lecture itself thought provoking and the questions challenging. We hope to organise further events which help bring diverse communities together to promote understanding and build harmony.

Sikh representative groups including the Sikh Federation UK, Sikh Press Association, Midlands Langar Seva Society, British Sikh Doctors Org, Sikh Studies Forum, British Sikh School Federation, Basics of Sikhi and many more attended.
Paramjit Kaur Matharu (Sikh Council UK Exec Team) 
 Harinder Singh (Sikh Research Institute)
 Amandeep Singh Rai (Leicester Sikh Alliance Exec Team)
 Jon Ashworth MP (Leicester South)
 Prof. Opinderjit Takher (Wolverhampton University), Gurmel Singh (Sikh Council UK Chair)
Kartar Singh (LSA Exec Team), Sukhdev Sangha (Guru Amardass Gurdwara), Piara Singh (Assistant City Mayor Leicester), Prof. Rod Dubrow (University of Derby), Prof. Opinderjit Thakar (University of Wolverhampton)
Amandeep Singh Rai (LSA Exec Team), Lisa Forbes (Peterborough Labour PPC), Rik & Kas Basra (Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign), Jon Ashworth MP (Leicester South).
Harinder Singh (SikhRI), Ben Ashby & Jonathan Ure (Amnesty Int UK), Parmjit Singh Gill (Lib Dems), Leics Fire & Rescue, Harminder Singh (British Sikh School Federation Chair)
 Jon Ashworth MP, Amandeep Singh Rai, Ajay Aggrawal (Leicester Council of Faiths), David Perfect (Equality & Human Rights Commission)
 Mike Hookem MEP and national and Leicester UKIP teams
 Kulwinder Singh (GNG FC Exec Team), Prof. John Williams (Leicester University)
 Gary Newby and Nimesh (ITV Central)
George Ballentyne (Baha'i Community), Mags Lewis (Green Party), Hardyal Dhindsa (Derby Deputy PCC) Allan Hayes (Secular Society), David Perfect (EHRC)

Mohinder Sangha (Sikh community rep), Harjinder Singh (Guru Harkrishan Gurdwara, Oadby), Harinder Singh (SikhRI), Cllr Inderjit Gugnani, Tarlochan Virk (Sikh community rep)

 Cllr Inderjit Gugnani, Manjit Kaur (Akaal Channel), Mathew Ward (Historian), Amandeep Singh Rai (LSA Exec Team), Jagjit Singh Bains (LSA Exec Team).
 Jas Singh (Sikh Federation UK), Parmjit Singh (Midlands Langar Sewa Society), Rupinder Kaur (Sikh Press Association)
 Jagraj Singh (Basics of Sikhi, community activist)
Malika Kramer (Leicester Museums), Leicester Fire and Rescue.



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