Glowing homage was paid to the Founder of the Freedom Movement of India, Satguru Ram Singh at an event held here at the House of Lords. Chaired by Lord King, the Holy Incarnation Celebration of Satguru Ram Singh was supported by Hindu Council UK on Monday 22nd March 2010. The speakers eulogised him for his political sagacity and dynamic personality. They recalled that Satguru Ram Singh laid the foundation of the freedom movement in 1857 upon which Gandhi based his political philosophy. An Ambassador for Peace Award was presented to Suba Tarsem Singh Bimbra of Namdhari Sangat UK. Parliamentarians including Baroness Sandip Verma, Virendra Sharma MP and Barry Gardiner MP discussed the proposal to name a park after Satguru Ram Singh and install his statue. Photos (Report by Razia Sultan)
Glowing homage was paid to the Founder of the Freedom Movement of India, Satguru Ram Singh at an event held here at the House of Lords. Chaired by Lord King, the Holy Incarnation Celebration of Satguru Ram Singh was supported by Hindu Council UK on Monday 22nd March 2010.
The speakers eulogised him for his political sagacity and dynamic personality. They recalled that Satguru Ram Singh laid the foundation of the freedom movement in 1857 upon which Gandhi based his political philosophy and in the following years came into being Indian independence and nationalist movement.
Lord King welcomed all delegates to the celebrations and said Satguru Ram Singh’s philosophy serves as beacon light in the present day world. It is the demand of the time to follow his teachings for redressing all political and social problems. It may be recalled that the function is held every year to introduce his ideas and teachings to the younger generation and pay homage to him, he added.
Addressing the participants, Amarjeet Singh Bhamra of Hindu Council UK said Satguru Ram Singh raised the voice for equal human rights at a time when the West knew little about it. His ‘Ahimsa political movement’ preached the philosophy to fight social inequalities without violence and generated courage to speak the truth before tyrant rulers, through direct action, non-violence and peaceful demonstrations. His teachings provided the base for political non-violence, social justice and ethnic harmony in the modern day world.
Amarjeet said: “His philosophy also impressed Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela in the late 1800s as they launched successful movements in their respective countries against despotism and social inequality. His sagacity and far-sightedness could be well judged by the fact that he was the first Guru, who called for addressing environmental issues and raised his voice against unjust class division remained in vogue in India for centuries as well as for women’s rights.
Baroness Sandip Verma welcomed the proposal to name a park after Satguru Ram Singh and installation of his statue in it and asked the community members to expedite its implementation. Virendra Sharma MP said instead of doing lip service there is a need to follow the teaching of the Guru in letter and spirit. Barry Gardiner MP seconded the proposal of the park and assured all cooperation from his side.
Other speakers including Linda Thompson of Ayurveda Practitioners Association, Ravinder Singh Gidar of Ealing Sikh Temple, Marie Ergenc and Mike Gould of AIM, Anil Sharad of Vishwa Hindu Parishad UK, Ritu Sethi of Hindu Forum Britain, Suba Tarsem Singh Bimbra of Namdhari Sangat UK, Vanessa Clarke of the Vegan Society UK, Surjeet Singh Jeet of Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Library, Mahindra Hirani of Multi Faiths, Paramdeep Bhatia of Sikh City Network, and Robin Marsh, Margaret Ali of Universal Peace Federation also paid homage to Satguru Ram Singh and highlight his role in the freedom movement of India.
Gulzar Amrit read a poem on Satguru Ram Singh, while Christoph von Luttitz, Surjeet Kaur Panesar and Jonathan Fryer, former Chair of the Liberal International Group, also contributed. Zeljana Schonauer, Cllr Chuni Chevda, Tari S Sian, Pt Pathak, Sarup Singh Mahon of Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha, Maria Hemming, J S Sachar, Andelo Tabu of Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, Susanne Evans, Anand Chaudhry, Mr+Mrs Henckel, Balwant S Gill, Kathryn Anson, Pratik Dattani, and Alina Tariq were present among others.
Report by Razia Sultan
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