Thursday, 26 March 2015

A Very Sikh Commemoration, of the last Plantagenet King of England

On Monday 23rd March 2015, from 6;30pm-8:30pm, at Ramgarhia Centre, the Sikh community of Leicester held an open event to mark the re-interment of King Richard III.
The event was the Sikh community’s contribution towards re-interment week and King Richard Legacy Project.  The event allowed the community to interpret and celebrate King Richard’s story from under a Sikh lens with a flavour from the royal courts of the Maharajas.
The event was a huge success with over 200 people in attendance.  There were individuals from all communities and backgrounds, including various faith and community leaders; organisational representatives, charities and many more.
The event was a fun, mystical and exciting evening.  It included contributions from the Sikh school, Falcon’s Primary, where pupils detailed relevant Sikh history which ran in parallel to King Richard’s times; this was followed by beautiful and melodious Sikh classical music which utilised various Sikh and South Asian instruments; and concluded with a Sikh martial arts display exhibiting traditional Sikh weaponry, which was incredibly colourful, exciting and profoundly spiritual. 
Amandeep Rai, Vice Chair of the Leicestershire Sikh Alliance said, “As British citizens, King Richard’s story is part of our shared history.  Furthermore, it’s truly an occasion for the people of Leicester.  I’m very proud that Leicester’s Sikh community were able to commemorate this occasion with such gusto.”
“The reinterment of King Richard III will be remembered as a uniquely profound moment in English history and it is royally befitting to mark this historic occasion with contributions from Leicester’s proudly diverse communities.” said Kartar Singh, Leicestershire Sikh Alliance.
It has been a pleasure and honour for the Sikh community’s KR3 Legacy Project Team, to have the opportunity to contribute towards this historic occasion on behalf of our community and the people of Leicester.” 
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Monday, 9 March 2015

Free Health MOT - Over 200 Screened

In order to mark United Nations, 'World Interfaith Harmony Week', the Leicestershire Sikh Alliance in partnership with the British Sikh Doctors Organisation had arranged a free health screening day open to the general public.
On Sunday 1st February at Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara there was over 30 health professionals, including 20 doctors, specialising in a range of fields, who provided a comprehensive and free ‘Health MOT’ to over 200 people.

The screenings and services offered included, ophthalmic (eye) disease screening, dental disease screening, common medical, dementia, pharmaceutical advice, dietary advice, doctor's advice station and much more.

Jagjit Singh, Chair of the Leicestershire Sikh Alliance said, “An individual's health is paramount to ones wellbeing and quality of life. It was encouraging to see people from all backgrounds take advantage of this unique opportunity to ensure that they and their loved ones are that much safer.”

Amandeep Rai, Vice Chair of the Leicestershire Sikh Alliance said, “This event is in honour ofBhai Kanhaiya Ji, whose amazing mission was selfless service of humanity with no distinction of nationality, caste or creed. In 1704-5, he was on a visit to the Sikh holy city of Anandpur, when it was invaded by the Hill Raja’s and the imperial Mughal army.

Following the defensive Battle of Anandpur, he took upon the task of quenching the thirst of wounded soldiers. He did this without any discrimination between soldiers on either side. His act of compassion resulted in criticism from some fellow soldiers, who complained to Guru Gobind Singh Ji, pointing out that Bhai Kanhaiya Ji was serving scarce water resources from the surrounded city to the enemy.

Bhai Kanhaiya Ji stated that he saw no friend or foe on the battlefield. He only saw human beings. Guru was pleased with Bhai Kanhaiya Ji and his correct understanding of Gurbani (Gods word).”

A big thank you to the dedicated and hardworking Sewadars from the British Sikh Doctors Organisation. We would also like to thank Kaurageous Leicester, Rik Basra Campaign, City Council and NHS for all their help and support.