The Sikh community in Britain organised a fund raising fair for a memorial statue which commenced on Sunday.
The sixth anniversary of the annual fair named ‘Sikh Mela’ was arranged at Yorkshire Lions’s Warrenside base in Deighton area in Huddersfield. The memorial statue will be an epitome of dedication to thousands of Sikhs who lost their lives fighting for British Empire in the two World Wars.
The alcohol free event included various activities, like turban tying contest, sword fighting, strongman contest and specially an American SWAT team demonstration which showed how SWAT makes arrest. Community members along with several Huddersfield army veterans honoured the Sikh soldiers died during the wars.
Live music was also arranged by Sikh artists, featuring Birmingham based punjabi singer Sukshinder Shinda. Among other traditional games for children was a show called ‘bird of prey’ which stole attention among most. Tug of war and Thai boxing competition were also organised.
Despite having a shaky start due to rain, the event was thoroughly enjoyed by the members from the community and the visitors. The day also allowed people from different faiths to know and learn about Sikh religion and become aware about important milestones.
Americans’ love for the Indians and Indians’ love for America was fully on display at Howdy Modi’s event in Houston last Sunday. The US President Donald Trump himself flew in to jazz up the occasion. He profusely praised Prime Minister Modi for his all-round developmental plans and policies. He further widened PM Modi’s chest by calling him a fatherly figure of India, and also a crowd puller like Elvis Presley. President Trump very well knows how to talk shop. However, Trump sincerely hopes that the event will help strengthen the relation of the two nations, and much more than ever before. PM.
A huge crowd of 50 thousand roaring and cheering for Modi is something which President Trump thought his “presence” would top up the Howdy Modi’s cake which will equally nourish both. Not surprisingly, Modi began his speech by saying — “I have the honour to introduce you to my family”, pointedly aiming at the entire leaders and influential capitalists in the USA who employ the “cream” of the entire Indian population. On the other hand, President Trump clearly expressed his “pride” having the core “strength of Indian” in America. PM Modi is seemingly looking to exploit India’s strength in America and build new India in every possible way. This is probably his new dream. The passion of event pitched up so high that euphoric Modi impulsively yelled – “Abki Baar Trump Sarkar”. This must have caused heartburn to many people, and more to those running for the 2020 Presidential election.
To organize an event of this magnitude involves a lot of managerial skills and concerted efforts. Everything came off perfectly well in Houston — undoubtedly, due to the synergies of the efforts of dedicated NRIs and a huge amount of monetary contributions that generous diaspora had pitched in. What is very obvious is the people were emotionally involved to make the event grand, some were tied down for the past three months. Here why people love PM Modi so much is, in fact, no small thing though we just pass off – no matter which political party he belongs to. One believes he is the only leader who receives such kind of welcome and hospitality wherever he visits. This in fact should make other world leaders think seriously why Modi is so much idolized by the masses. Whether it has logical basis or not. No exaggeration, what it all that attracts people to him is something to be made a case study. If nothing, Modi’s simplicity, his inborn humility, uprightness, and incorruptible aptitudes must be the prime reasons that fascinate the right-thinking people.
Here what really surprises us is that the man with righteous principle and integrity also has a huge number of sworn enemies. Those enemies are totally blind and deaf to Modi’s virtues. No amount of Modi’s sacrifices for the country make them happy and appreciative. They hold forth thousands of faults in Modi while never hesitating to appreciate and stand for the corruptible oddballs as their leaders. They also tend to look upon those unscrupulous persons for their inspiration — maybe for knowledge and moral too, lol! This is nothing but the sickness of this civilization. One sees this as one of the worst maladies of modern times.
Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali