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UK Elections 2017: Indian Origin Preet Gill becomes the First Female Sikh MP

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Preet Kaur Gill, elected MP of Birmingham Edgbaston. Twitter
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  • The UK elections 2017 saw a remarkable result as Indian-origin Labour Party candidates secured more votes than the rivals conservatives
  • Preet Kaur Gill, hailing from Edgbaston Birmingham, has become the first female Sikh MP of the UK
  • In another series of firsts, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi has become the first Labour Party’ turban wearing MP

June 08, 2017: The 2017 UK elections have resulted in a hung parliament but there are clearly some victories to be celebrated.

The UK has chosen its first female Sikh MP. An Indian-origin Labor party candidate, Preet Kaur Gill has won by a margin of 6,917 votes over her political rival Caroline Squire from the Conservative Party.

Having secured 24,124 votes, Preet Gill has become MP for Birmingham Edgbaston where she was born and raised. Gill is a councilor representing the St. Paul’s Ward in Sandwell Metropolitan Borough.

Gill gives credits her father for her passion in political life. He was a bus driver who “worked tirelessly for the local community”. Preet Gill holds a first class honor’s degree in Sociology and Social Work from the University of East of London. She has worked in India for UNICEF.

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In other firsts, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi of the Labor Party has become the first turban-wearing MP of the UK. Dhesi secured 34,170 votes to become the MP for Slough constituency. He won by a margin of 16,998 votes over his Conservative rival. Dhesi said he is “humbled” to be chosen to serve the town where he was born and raised.

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Elected MP from Slough, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi. Twitter

Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi was also the youngest elected Sikh Mayor of Europe in 2011. 10 MPs of Indian Origin were part of the House of Commons until last year. This year the record has gone up to 12.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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    I respect that even though whatever the UK is going through they are not losing hope on non-christian cultures and communities.

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Ethnic Indian Jai Sears responds to complaint against the statue of Gandhi in Grenada

Jai Sears wrote in response to a letter on Mahatma Gandhi entitled “Dustbin of history” written by Josiah Rougier

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Mahatama Gandhi, leader of non violence

Jai Sears from Grenada, Caribbean has written a letter to editor in response to complaints against the statue of Gandhi in Grenada. Here is the text:

I write in response to a letter on Mahatma Gandhi entitled “Dustbin of history” written by Josiah Rougier and published in the Grenada newspaper, The New Today (Nov 3, 2017). In his letter, Rougier is asking the Government to remove the bust-statue of Gandhi which overlooks Sauteurs Bay in Grenada where East Indians arrived 160 years ago. Rougier’s opinion is based on the false notion that Gandhi was racist because the Mahatma reportedly considered Indians to be superior to black Africans when he referred to the latter as “kaffirs.”

Gandhi was only 27 years old when he made that contextual statement. If Rougier had done his research, he would have found that Nelson Mandela said: “Gandhi must be forgiven for these prejudices in the context of the time and the circumstances.” The quote can be found in “Gandhi the Prisoner” by Nelson Mandela published in 1995. Gandhi was a man; he was not god. And even god made mistakes.

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Photo of Jai Sears

Rougier must instead focus on the Gandhi’s vision of non-violent protest and his belief in satyagraha which inspired rebels and revolutionaries around the world. Gandhi’s ideas influenced leaders of the African National Congress and the struggle by Indians and blacks against white apartheid rule in South Africa. From as early as 1956 when he was 27 years old, Martin Luther King, Jr. referred to Gandhi as “the guiding light of our technique of nonviolent social change.”

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Following the success of his boycott, King contemplated traveling to India to deepen his understanding of Gandhian principles. The fact is that Gandhi saw people of all races, castes, colours and creeds as equal which led to his assassination by a Hindu fanatic in 1948. So who is this unknown Josiah Rougier? Is he as illustrious as the great Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King? And is he disagreeing with his possible heroes?

A friend to all.
Jai Sears
Grenada, Caribbean