London, Apr 29 : The British Sikh Association (BSA) celebrates Baisakhi in a style.
Over 300 guests attended this glittering event, which started with traditional Bhangra dance by the group "Baharain Punjab Dian".
Amongst those who attended the celebrations were: Lord Sheikh, Virendra Sharma MP, Ashraf Chohan, MPA Punjab Assembly, Pakistan, and veteran marathon runner Fauja Singh.
Welcoming the guests, secretary general of BSA, Sukhbir Singh Kapoor said that interfaith interactivity is integral to the teachings of the Sikh Religion.
Rami Ranger MBE, Chairman, said that religion now has a new meaning in this ever shrinking world "where we are increasingly becoming interdependent on people from different faiths in order to lead our lives. Hardly a day goes by when we do not deal with people who are not from our faith."
"We all love our religion like we love our parents whether they are poor or rich, perfect or not so perfect. In the times of our need we turn to religion as we turn to our parents. As time goes by, we develop a unique bond and relationship with our faith as we do with our parents. Once we start respecting other faiths, we automatically attract respect for our faith," he added.
President of BSA TS Sahni said that the creation of Khalsa (Saint Soldiers) by the tenth Guru, Gobind Singh ji in 1699 was a direct result of the continued injustice, intolerance, suppression, exploitation, plunder, bloodshed and pointless destruction by foreign invaders and unending conflicts between various kingdoms and clans within India and the indignities of caste divisions of the 15th Century.
Ashraf Chohan MPA, Member of Punjab Assembly, said he is in favour of easy access granted to Hindu and Sikh pilgrims wishing to visit their places of worship in Pakistan.
He further said that as a Muslim, he could understand the wishes of his fellow Muslims to have easy access to Holy Mecca for their peace of mind. Similarly, Hindus and Sikhs should be able to visit their place of worship in Pakistan at will. He informed the audience that a motorway is being planned linking Wagha to Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of the founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
Lord Sheikh who has roots in the Holy city of Amritsar praised the way Sikhs invite all faiths to their Gurdwaras and treat them equally.