Sikhs Given Honors by Queen in UK

Sir Harpal Singh – Chif Executive of Cancer Research UK

LONDON, United Kingdom—This year’s selections for the ‘Order of the British Empire’ (OBE) includes seven Sikhs, of which Harpal Singh Kumar, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Board for Cancer Research UK.

The honor’s list is a recognition of outstanding achievements and contributions to public life and his been a British tradition for recognition since 1917.

Harpal Singh’s background in chemical engineering led him to become a consultant and then on to become Chief Executive of numerous trusts and charities. He was responsible for strategic direction and day-to-day operational management for Cancer Research UK, before becoming the CEO in 2007.

Also included in the list is the Sardar Gurmukh Singh, a patron of Khalsa Aid, a UK based charity run by Ravinder (Ravi) Singh.

Patron for Khalsa Aid - Sir Gurmukh Singh
Patron for Khalsa Aid – Sir Gurmukh Singh

Sardar Gurmukh Singh is a much respected and established member of the Sikh community in the UK and across the world. He is well known and held in great esteem amongst Sikh academia.

He is also known for his charitable work and is himself involved in many charitable causes across India providing assistance to the needy in many areas of rural India. He has been an avid supporter of the work of Khalsa Aid for the last 15 years.

Others included in the OBE’s list were:

Gurmeet Singh Kalsi (Building Services Engineer, Palace of Westminster – for parliamentary services and voluntary services to the Sikh Community in Surrey)
Satpal Singh Nahl (Officer, Bradford Group, HM Revenue and Customs – for services to Taxpayers and Public Administration in Leeds)
Karnail Singh Pannu (For services to the community in Windsor and Maidenhead, Berkshire)
Gurdev Singh Rayat (For services to the community in Greenwich, London)


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    • I am not sure that you are not being sarcastic and damning with feint praise considering your past record of blaming all of the ills visited on Sikhs in India as being from the ‘Empires’ (as you put it). I will give you the benefit of the doubt on the eve of a New Year (with all the resolutions to change one’s past behaviour) and hope that it is genuine generosity of spirit that you are expressing as whether they are ‘British’ Sikhs or ‘Indian’ Sikhs makes no difference to the Sikh kaum as the Panth is one.


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