Baba Nidhan Singh Memorial Seminar in Toronto, a huge success – Kuljit Janjua Baba ji’s great service to the cause of Sikh Society and Langar sewa – Bal Gosal
Toronto (Ran Perhar) – Last Saturday at the local Pearson Convention Centre, Baba Nidhan Singh International Society held a seminar on the topic of Social and Civic Concerns in Sikhism. This was the second international seminar held in Canada. This seminar was inaugurated by the Honourable Bal Gosal, Federal Minister of Sports. At the inauguration Mr. Bal said that Sikhs should take an active role in social service causes because our Gurus held service at be the highest virtues. The contributions of Baba Nidhan Singh in this context cannot be and should not be forgotten. He further asked all Sikhs to follow in the footsteps of this great man by adopting the teachings for our Gurus in our daily lives. This will be a way to enrich the Sikh life in Canada. Special guest of the seminar, Vicky Dhillon, city Councillor of Brampton speaking on the occasion said that the Sikh history is full of sewa concepts in action. Many a great saints have contributed and the role of role of Baba Nidhan Singh is extraordinary. It is this concept of sewa promoted by Guru Nanak that the Sikhs worldwide carry out throughout the world. He talked about the 2010 earthquake relief efforts in Haiti in which he participated as a member of the United Sikhs’ team. He witnessed the outreach efforts. This according to Mr. Dhillon should be the approach to preach Sikhi. He emphasized that while we follow the sewa concepts of our Gurus, we need to be cognizant to be good citizens while keeping our unique identities. Dr. Paramjit Singh Saroya read his paper titled: Sikh Society – Justice, Equality, and Independence – Universal Fundamentals. He talked about the concept of Sangat and Pangat can be used to build a society devoid of discriminations of caste system. Using the principles of justice and civic independence in our daily political lives we can universally develop a good model of administration. He quoted the administration of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur and sewa of Baba Nidhan Singh and talked about combining approaches of sewa and administration to give the world a better leadership. He also talked at length on the Baba Nidhan Singh International society, its formation and working.
The chairman of the society Kuljit Singh Janjua talked about the Sikh concept of ‘Welfare for all’. Sikhs as a society have always sought the welfare of all. In the face of natural disasters, Sikhs in large numbers go above their personal causes to serve humanity. This is one of the reasons of success and progress of Sikhs as a group and individuals worldwide. Well known writer and thinker Piara Singh Kudowal read his paper titled: Aasa di Vaar – Social and Moral Awakening. The name Vaar is a signifier of war. In the Sikh way of life, the war is both against external bads as well as internal maladies. Gurus have given Sikhs the direction in which to carry out these battles and wars. It is moral obligation to ensure that bad does not over power the good. This is possible by practicing the dual concept of sewa and simran. In Ranbir Singh Perhar’s paper titled ‘Social and Civic Concerns in Sikhism’ he talked about religion giving us the moral judgement to discern good and bad, right and wrong. Sikhism promotes equality and social justice from a civic perspective of life. We are proud, he said that we have inherited such cherished values. We need to live our lives based on these principles rather than preaching and trying to reform the society and taking the message to our household levels. Miss Loveen Kaur Gill speaking for the Amar Karma Organ Donation Society started by observing the Sikhs’ involvement in sew and welfare for all endeavours. She mused how well would it be to carry out this mission even after our deaths. This we can do by donating our organs that can bring life’s colours to someone in dire need to carry out a meaningful life. President of Shromani Akali Dal North America, Beant Singh Dhaliwal said that his organization holds regularly scheduled seminars to promote the awareness of the issues of social justice. He said he was glad that the Baba Nidhan Singh International Society was also doing a good job in bringing these issues to the notice of people at large. He assured of every possible help from his organization. One of the sponsors of this society, Jathedar Avtar Singh Bains also praised the efforts of Baba Nidhan Singh International Society. Spokesperson for United Sikhs Deepinder Loomba spoke on the occasion along with community advocate Preeti Lamba. Randeep Singh Sandhu also shared his views.
Amongst others, from print media Balraj Deol, from electronic media Uncle Duggal, Balraj Cheema, Jag Badwal, Aman Chhina Washington, Baljit Singh Bal, Mohinder Pal Singh, Sanjeev Singh Bhatti, Baljinder Sekha, Mohinder Singh Luddu, Advocate Aman Parmar, Advocate Sukhwnder Janjua, Advocate Vipandeep Singh Marok, Nardev Singh Sidhu, Malak Singh Cheema, Surjit Kaur Minhas participated. Other participants were: Canadian Punjabi Sahit Sabha’s Karan Ajaib Sangha, Talwinder Singh Mand, Sukhdev Singh Jhand, Malook Singh Kahlon, and Paramjit Singh Dhillon, Accountant Jagjit Singh Sacha, Accountant Gurinderpal Singh Babbar, Khoobsoorat Singh Minhas, Rajinder Kaur Minhas, Gurminder Sijngh Ahluwalia (PV TV), Sukhwant Singh Gill, Gurtej Singh Sidhu, Rashpal Singh Jhutty, Surinder Singh Pama, Jaskaran Singh Luddu and Gurinder Singh Gogi. Muslim brotherhood was represented by Mr. Mukhtiar Cheema and Mr. Arshad Mehmood at the seminar. They both talked about a robe of Guru Nanak that can be seen in Dera Baba Nanak. They presented a picture of this robe to Dr. Saroa. Academics who participated in the seminar were awarded certificates. Stage Mistress of Ceremonies was Navjot Kaur Brar. Photography was taken care of by Sanjeev Singh Bhatti. Video graphing was done very well by the teams of PV TV and Global Media. At the closing, Jasbir Singh Boparai thanked the participants and the attendees who took part in the Baba Nidhan Singh Intrernational Society Canada’s seminar. While he thanked the speakers, participants and the media, he offered special thanks to the Pearson Convention Centre, and it’s CEO Mohinder Singh Minhas.