Chandigarh, Punjab: When eminent Sikh scholars, academicians, doctors, retired defence officers, bureaucrats, lawyers and businessmen owing allegiance to the International Sikh Confederation assemble here next Sunday, important issues facing the Sikh community are expected to come up for discussion.
The confederation’s general house meeting would review all major activities besides deliberating upon important and sensitive issues like ban on turban and carrying kirpan besides incidents of racial discrimination against Sikhs. Set up in 2005, the International Sikh Confederation has enlarged its area of activities to rural healthcare and education and youth empowerment besides continuing to delve on major issues, including turban and kirpan besides racial discrimination.
Confederation chief executive officer Lt-Gen (retired) Kartar Singh says that under its scheme to set up coaching centres for rural youth to prepare them for competitions and employment, a centre is already running at Mukandpur, Nawanshahr.
The confederation has adopted Sarkpara village in Fatehgarh Sahib as a model project to improve rural healthcare. It gives scholarships to deserving rural and needy students. Guru Nanak Education Fund, an initiative of Queen’s Council member Justice Mota Singh, has been one of its most commendable initiatives to educate rural and needy youth. It would also discuss implementation of the PM’s 15-point programme by allotting scholarships to rural students from minorities The growing problem of unemployment would also come up.
Eminent farm scientists including Sardara Singh Johl, Gurcharan Singh Kalkat besides Justice Mota Singh, Gurdev Singh Brar, Dr Gurbux Singh, Dr Sukhmandar Singh, Manjit Singh Calcutta, Dr Kulwant Kaur, Gurpreet Singh, Lt-Col Jagtar Singh Multani and Bibi Baljit Kaur represent the confederation.
Global Sikh Meeting-Chandigarh
In case, the International Sikh Confederation, a big name wisely chosen, is really effective as alleged, then, at least, it must have its website as suggested in honour of Lt-Gen (retired) Kartar Singh and to highlight his achievements and the detail of PM’s 15-point programme to be discussed for implementation.
It is further a good news that the eminent Sikh scholars, academicians, doctors, retired defence officers, bureaucrats, lawyers and businessmen owing allegiance to the International Sikh Confederation assemble here next Sunday but, it is disheartening to read that they are only expected to discuss, it means they may not discuss the important issues facing the Sikh community.
The Sikh Vichar Manch wish that the meeting should not only serve the purpose of enjoying a good feast in a show of get together and honoring the old guards, the eminent personalities as irritatingly happened usually, but must be useful, under such a big name, ‘the International Sikh Confederation’ meet. Comment by Balbir Singh Sooch, Advocate, Ludhiana.
I welcome the International Sikh Confedration and hope they will remain true to their agenda.Yes, website is most urgent to highlight the proceedings and make people awair for whome it is meant for. Waheguru bless all. Sat Sri Akal.Jagjit Singh Mukandpuri.
It would be nice if the International Sikh Confederation could set up a website which highlights the proceedings.