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Am I reading this correctly or have the Sikhs Installed Guru granth Sahib into House of Commons?

Installation of Guru Granth Sahib at The House of Lords

By Rishi Singh

Wednesday, March 16, 2005 - 01:29 AM GMT+5:30

A Recap

On the 19th of October 2004, in London all roads led to the House of Lords!

The Sikhs of United Kingdom celebrated 400th year of Installation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in The House of Lords, London. The Sikh Forum, UK, was instrumental in organising this first event of its type in the UK Parliament. Lord Viscount Slim, who has a long association with the Sikhs since the Second World War, was host to the august gathering. Many prominent Lords, MPs, Barons and distinguished personalities of United Kingdom joined the Sikhs to mark the occasion. Sikh Forum President Ranjit Singh OBE began the programme by reciting the mool mantra, from the Japji Sahib.

S. Ranjit Singh laid stress on the fact that Sikhs have done well for whichever country they have adopted. They have contributed and been recognised in every sphere of society whether it is economic, social or political.

Sharing his views, Former Justice Mota Singh QC, Patron of The Sikh Forum, commented that not much is being done to bridge the divide between different world communities even though world citizens are better connected with each other as never before. He reiterated the fact – as enshrined in Guru Granth Sahib – that the Sikhs will stand by with the 'Right Cause with reason' as they have always done throughout their history.

The Sikh Forum honoured K.T. Singh, a well known and distinguished advocate of India for his contribution to the Sikh community. In his speech S. K.T. Singh pointed towards the pioneering contribution of British historians in writing on and understanding the Sikhs and their scriptures. In his soft manner he explained the meanings of Gurbani and 'Sat Sri Akal' and said that Gurbani voiced four hundred years ago what United Nations stated as the Human Rights declaration.

Lord Viscount Slim released a booklet of The Sikh Forum. The Deputy Commissioner of Metropolitan Police shared his vision of Policing in London where every citizen had a right to be protected. He also said that Metropolitan Police was the oldest Police to recognise the Sikh identity. One could notice that there are many Sikh officers working for Metropolitan Police, some of whom were present in uniform during the function.

Like every celebration, this one also ended with a vote of thanks by the Secretary of The Sikh Forum. Historically, it was a landmark celebration of the Installation of Guru Granth Sahib in Sri Harmandir Sahib, as it was the first one in the House of Lords!

Rishi Singh is a Ph D Candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.


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