LONDON, UK—Today, UK goes to the polls in the most important election for a generation. Brexit, NHS, education, and immigration are major issues for the electorate. However, it’s also notable that this election has seen interference in UK Sikh affairs by BJP run groups. This has included targeting Sikh MPs and gurdwaras.
In relation to the elections, leading UK Sikh activists from the Sikh Assembly have released a report for the Sangat’s consideration.
“Election time presents British Sikhs with the opportunity to not only express the kind of society they want to live in but to participate in that society and affirm their status as responsible citizens,” the report states.
The report covers major topics related to the election, including BREXIT, Poverty, Climate Change, Education, Healthcare & Social Welfare and Crime. The report further states that hate crimes, religious discrimination, freedom of identity, political representation, faith schools, and Sikh heritage are the key issues that concern the UK Sikhs.
The report adds, “There is a need for better understanding and awareness of Sikh virtues of tolerance, equality, sharing and hard work, as well as their contribution to British society.”
Complete report by the Sikh Assembly is available here.
The newly formed Sikh Assembly is a large organization of professional Sikhs from a wide range of backgrounds, working for the benefit of Sikhs in the UK and Europe.
The electoral brief issued by the Sikh Assembly further encourages the British Sikh Community to participate in the upcoming democratic elections and also lays out some of its projects and aspirations for the future.